1 month until they start building "Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator"! Pentagon is seeking bids on the work and will begin working on it 1 month from now. Article from Associated Press picked up by a few papers

By The Associated Press

National news in brief

Federal labs to develop underground nuclear bomb

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The Pentagon and the Energy Department have directed the nation's nuclear weapons laboratories in Livermore, Calif., and Los Alamos, N.M., to compete for the chance to design a hydrogen bomb that could destroy targets underground.

To the dismay of arms-control proponents, the Bush administration is advocating such weapons - which would slam into the earth at high speed and then explode underground - as a means of attacking command bunkers or biological and chemical weapons facilities possibly buried in such places as Iraq, Iran or North Korea.

Work on preliminary designs for the weapon - known as the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator - begins next month at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in northern California and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. Scientists at both labs will propose modifying weapons rather than designing a new bomb from scratch.

National Digest
Billings Gazette Mar 27 2002 6:39AM GMT

Labs asked to design nuclear weapon
Lexington Herald Leader Mar 27 2002

Government asks federal labs to develop underground nuclear bomb
Ledger-Enquirer Mar 26 2002

U.S. may develop new use for nukes
Orlando Sentinel Mar 26 2002 12:35PM

Government asks federal labs to develop underground nuclear bomb
Miami Herald Mar 26 2002 10:34AM

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Federal labs to develop underground nuclear bomb

By The Associated Press

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This weapon must be built in order...
by nobody 9:37pm Thu Mar 28 '02

to improve the flagging morale of America’s nuclear scientists. Or so Fox News would have us believe. It seems that the boffins are having to turn pop prozac to find meaning in their lives. The poor devils. So you see? The bombs must be built. It's a public health issue!

It's already built, sorry
by Tioki 11:51pm Thu Mar 28 '02

It's called the B61 / B61-11, and their new nuke will probably just be a modified version of the B61 with a 2 ounce piece of aluminum added to it for a million dollars a piece or something like that. It's not about security; it's about our tax dollars.

One Month Until They Start Building
‘Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator’
By The Associated Press

Posted on the Independent Newswire on 28 March 2002
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