- Action Alert
- Nuclear Weapons
Stop Deployment of the New “Low-Yield” Nuclear Warhead Before It’s Too Late
Congress’s window to prevent the deployment of a dangerous new nuclear weapon will soon close.
Right now, the House and Senate are finalizing the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual bill that authorizes U.S. military policies and programs. While the Senate bill would fund the deployment of a new nuclear weapon—the “low-yield” W76-2 warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles—the House version would block it. We need the House approach to prevail.
These warheads are so dangerous because they are built to be used. The term “low-yield” is designed to make policymakers think that these nuclear weapons—which are only slightly less destructive than those that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki—could be more readily used. Last year, Congress authorized and funded the construction of these warheads. Unless this new Congress acts, these warheads could be deployed sometime this fall.
The persistent advocacy of FCNL advocates and our partners has been crucial as we lobby on this issue. Now Congress stands at a critical juncture in deciding whether to allow or stop this dangerous idea.