"Bunker Busters": Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator Issues, FY2005-FY2007

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The Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (RNEP) program has been the most controversial nuclear weapon program in Congress for the last several years. Supporters argue that it is needed to attack hard and deeply buried targets (such as leadership bunkers) in countries of concern, thereby deterring or defeating challenges from such nations; critics assert that RNEP would lower the threshold for use of nuclear weapons and prompt other nations to develop nuclear weapons to deter U.S. attack. This report presents a brief technical background on RNEP, then discusses the history of RNEP in Congress and the Administration for the FY2005 and ... continued below

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Medalia, Jonathan February 21, 2006.

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The Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (RNEP) program has been the most controversial nuclear weapon program in Congress for the last several years. Supporters argue that it is needed to attack hard and deeply buried targets (such as leadership bunkers) in countries of concern, thereby deterring or defeating challenges from such nations; critics assert that RNEP would lower the threshold for use of nuclear weapons and prompt other nations to develop nuclear
weapons to deter U.S. attack. This report presents a brief technical background on RNEP, then discusses the history of RNEP in Congress and the Administration for the FY2005 and FY2006 budget cycles.

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  • February 21, 2006

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  • 2005 - 2007

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  • April 19, 2006, 8:33 a.m.

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Medalia, Jonathan. "Bunker Busters": Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator Issues, FY2005-FY2007, report, February 21, 2006; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs8585/: accessed December 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.