US to Build First Nuclear Warhead in 40 Years

Two top Biden administration officials told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that the U.S. will be building its first nuclear warhead in 40 years and will do so without any nuclear testing.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Jill Hruby, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA), revealed the W93 warhead will be used on submarine-launched ballistic missiles, the Washington Times reported Thursday. It will be built with $19.8 billion requested by the NNSA for weapons in the 2025 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

The W93 has been in an early phase of feasibility and design at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico since May 2022 and is on track for production beginning in the mid-2030s, Granholm and Hruby told the committee.

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