$14.8B Nuclear Warhead Could Face Production Delays

Law360 (September 24, 2020, 6:41 PM EDT) -- A new warhead that could cost up to $14.8 billion to produce — the most expensive nuclear weapons program update since the Cold War — may not meet its production goals, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The National Nuclear Security Administration has been developing plans for the W87-1 warhead since 2010, but some design elements remain undecided, the GAO said in a report released Wednesday. In order to build the new weapons from scratch, the NNSA is also modernizing select facilities to produce components, including the core of the warhead where the fissile material is stored called the "pit,"...

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