Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Bush Admin. Drops 'Bunker-Buster' Plan

The Associated Press
Tuesday, October 25, 2005; 10:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration has abandoned research into a nuclear "bunker-buster" warhead, deciding instead to pursue a similar device using conventional weaponry, a key Republican senator said Tuesday.

Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., said funding for the nuclear bunker-buster as part of the Energy Department's fiscal 2006 budget has been dropped at the department's request.


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All this noise over a budgeted $4 million dollar project that would most
likely be split amoung several labs? That's amazing! Assuming that the
money would be split 2/2 between LANL and LLNL, that $2 million would
barely cover the salary and overhead for just a single AD at Los Alamos
these days. Heck, just the filed paperwork and associated efforts involved
in the selling and support of this idea probably cost more than $2 million!
Unless you can airdrop a drill rig to drill the emplacement hole first, it is unlikely that you can get enough penetration to make the 'bunker-buster' an effective weapon without a lot of collateral radiation and political damage. It was a dead-end project anyway.
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