Pentagon Planning New, More ‘Usable’ Nuclear Arsenal

| February 2003

The Bush administration is planning to develop a new generation of nuclear weapons designed for use against chemical and biological weapons, according to a Pentagon report leaked to The Guardian.

The new weapons program, which would employ “mini-nukes,” “bunker busters,” and “neutron bombs,” will be discussed by senior Pentagon officials and government scientists at a secret August meeting at the headquarters of the U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, reports Julian Borger. The meeting, notes Borger, is the clearest indication yet that the Bush administration intends to employ nuclear weapons as part of its new “pre-emptive force” doctrine.