U.S. Adopting 'Smaller, Smarter' Atomic Warhead To Cost $1 Trillion Over Three Decades
Worryingly, the U.S. is upgrading its atomic arsenal for an inevitable war in the future. Hence, it has adopted the B61 Model 12, a "precision-guided atomic bomb" costing $1 trillion in the next three decades, according to the Daily Mail.
Unlike older bombs, this one is small, on its lowest possible setting, "which is only two percent as powerful as the bomb used on Hiroshima", according to The New York Times.
The B61 Model 12 is included in a sophisticated technology including a radar and maneuverable fins, along with mechanisms permitting adjustment based on the target and degree of destruction that would be called for.
The Obama administration has given its approval to the B61 Model 12. This small, smart atomic bomb seems to be getting aligned with President Barack Obama's pledge to bring down American atomic capabilities. It was in 2010 that he had said the US would not develop "new nuclear warheads or pursue new military missions or new capabilities," as stated in this White House press statement.
But critics, including many from Obama administration's earlier staff members are slamming it. They explain that its variable and capability for target accuracy have made it more tempting to use. There are concerns that it may lead to a nuclear arms race.