Trump Mulling Use Of Smaller, Tactical Nuclear Weapons

President Donald Trump is mulling the use of smaller, more tactical nuclear weapons that could have the effect of making nuclear conflicts more likely according to Politico. (Photo Credit: Michael Vadon)

President Donald Trump is mulling the use of smaller, more tactical nuclear weapons that could have the effect of making nuclear conflicts more likely according to Politico.

The Trump administration is considering proposing smaller, more tactical nuclear weapons that would cause less damage than traditional thermonuclear bombs — a move that would give military commanders more options but could also make the use of atomic arms more likely. A high-level panel created by President Donald Trump to evaluate the nuclear arsenal is reviewing various options for adding a more modern "low-yield" bomb, according to sources involved in the review, to further deter Russia, North Korea or other potential nuclear adversaries.

If the U.S. began testing nuclear weapons, something the U.S. has not done since 1992, it would likely set off a new arms race, something that would have a detrimental effect on the environment and also raise the chances for strategic error.

"If we actually started testing nuclear weapons all hell would break loose," said Coyle, who is now on the board of the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, a Washington think tank. "In today’s environment, if the U.S. were to test low-yield nuclear weapons others might start testing. Russia, Iran, China, Pakistan, India. It would certainly give North Korea reason to test as often as they wanted.”

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