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Congress's Critical Role in the Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) Program

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Publication Date: May 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Baker Spring

Series: Executive Memorandum

Topic: Military and defense (Military equipment and weapons)

Keywords: National security; reliable replacement warhead; Nuclear Posture Review; explosive testing

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Post-Cold War security requires a new nuclear weapons policy, operational doctrine, arsenal, and infrastructure. Congress needs to accelerate the Reliable Replacement Warhead program, require a design that is accurate and effective against both hardened and mobile targets, and ensure that the RRW program is not limited by inadequate funding or unnecessary constraints on testing.