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Warrior Maven Video Above: How Might Low-Yield Warheads Change Nuclear Attack? By Kris Osborn - Warrior Maven
The Pentagon is pursuing modifications to its existing Trident II D5 submarine launched, nuclear-armed ballistic missile as part of a broader strategic effort to engineer a new "low-yield" warhead offering the prospect of smaller, more precise nuclear explosions.
The modification effort, in the early phases of development, is in alignment with DoD’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) released last year by the Trump administration and Pentagon, which calls for the introduction of several new lower-yield nuclear weapons.
“The modifications to a small number of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) to provide a low-yield option and the pursuit of a modern nuclear-armed Sea-Launched Cruise Missile will provide additional diversity in platforms, range and survivability, and a valuable hedge against future nuclear “break-out” scenarios,” Pentagon spokesperson Johnny Michael told Warrior Maven.
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Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has a Masters in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
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