NAS Report Estimates Huge Human Costs, Little Military Need for Nuclear Earth Penetrators
On 27 April, the National Academy of Science (NAS) released the summary and conclusions of a long-awaited report Effects of Nuclear Earth Penetrator and Other Weapons. The damage calculated by the Academy panel is sobering, with projected casualties exceeding one million people.
The decision of whether or not the United States should further pursue nuclear earth penetrating weapons needs to be based on a comparison of costs and benefits. While the Academy study indicates the unacceptable consequences of the nuclear program, it also exaggerates its benefits.
The Executive Summary is available here.