Download a pdf of effects of nuclear earth penetrator and other weapons by the national research council for free. Section 1033 of the bob stump national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2003 public law 107 314 directed the secretary of defense to request that the national research council study the anticipated health and environmental effects of nuclear earth penetrator and other weapons. Underground facilities are used extensively by many nations to conceal and protect strategic military functions and weapons stockpiles because of their depth and hardened status however many of these strategic hard and deeply buried targets could only be put at risk by conventional or nuclear . A nuclear bunker buster also known as an earth penetrating weapon epw is the nuclear equivalent of the conventional bunker buster the non nuclear component of the weapon is designed to penetrate soil rock or concrete to deliver a nuclear warhead to an underground target. The bush administration requested funding from congress to research a new type of nuclear bomb the robust nuclear earth penetrator rnep is a nuclear weapon that would burrow a few meters into rock or concrete before exploding and thus generating a powerful underground shock wave its hypothetical
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