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10 January 2003, Pentagon, Room 3C912, 0930-1200
Obtained by the Los Alamos Study Group, Santa Fe, New Mexico
(1) What are the warhead characteristics and advanced concepts we will need in the post-NPR environment?
(a) Establish methodology for making choices
(b) Strategy for selecting first "small builds"
(c) Requirements for low-yield weapons, EPWs [earth penetrating weapons], enhanced radiation weapons, agent defeat weapons
(d) Effects modeling capabilities to effectively plan for these weapons
(e) What forms of testing will these new designs require?
(f) What obvious weaknesses exist in our ability to attack targets and assess target damage for present and future targets and weapon systems?
(2) How do we link service-provided platform requirements for the arsenal?
(a) What is the testing strategy for weapons more likely to be used in small strikes?
(b) Does a requirement for higher confidence in small strikes drive larger test asset inventories?
(c) Hardness and compatibility of conventional and dual use platforms
(i) How do we institutionalize these requirements?
(d) Leverage on existing SAGSAT efforts on dual-use platforms
(e) Reliability requirements
(f) Other requirements (e.g. precision)
(3) Given the size and composition of the operationally deployed stockpile, are our assumptions correct as we size the stockpile? (Leverage on existing US STRATCOM and NWC work.)
(a) Reliability replacements
(b) Augmentation quantities
(4) Plans for modernization of delivery platforms
(a) Are these plans consistent with the SSP and NMMP?
(b) Is the LEP schedule tuned to DoD needs?
(5) Regarding guidance requirements and assumptions on availability of GPS:
(a) Is GPS, or other advanced systems, available for all plans or just special cases?
(b) Do we put GPS on all systems, or just a few?
Statement of Work, AF Nuclear Weapons and Counterproliferation Agency (NWCA) Support
"Applicable weapon systems include existing and modified nuclear weapons as well as conventional and advanced counterforce weapons for striking CBRN targets. Additionally, the contractor shall support NWCA programs to include: decontamination technologies, directed energy weapons, non-lethal weapons, special operations, and space weapons and warfare."Department of Defense, Defense Technology Area Plan (1999), Chapter XI, Nuclear Technology
Obtained by WSLF through the Freedom of Information Act. Detailed discussion of technology planning aimed at making nuclear weapons more useable.Defense Technology Objectives for the Joint Warfighting Science and Technology Plan and Defense Technology Area Plan (2000), Nuclear Technology DTO's
Obtained by WSLF through the Freedom of Information Act.The Shape of Things to Come: The Nuclear Posture Review, Missile Defense, and the Dangers of a New Arms Race, WSLF Special Report, April, 2002 pdf download
Looking for New Ways to Use Nuclear Weapons: U.S. Counterproliferation Programs, Weapons Effects Research, and "Mini-Nuke" Development, WSLF Information Bulletin, Winter 2001 pdf download