The move, together with efforts of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries to adopt dual-use delivery vehicles fit for conventional and nuclear munitions
, could lower the threshold of using nuclear weapons, he said.
The acquirement of nuclear weapons or the provisions and knowledge by non-state entities and individuals often characterized as "terrorists," to produce nuclear munitions
(another practice of horizontal proliferation).
According to the BRR, "the issue of declining nuclear expertise is a problem in specific areas in the Air Force--including operations, nuclear munitions
officers, weapons technicians, and security forces.
Although senior Iranian officials deny that they are seeking nuclear munitions
, many Western analysts believe that the enrichment effort now under way at a huge centrifuge facility in Natanz is intended to produce highly enriched uranium for an eventual Iranian bomb.
Technical problems that emerged over the life of the nuclear weapon could be resolved through explosive testing of nuclear munitions
In the event--however remote the possibility--that PRC leaders should ever find it expedient to use tactical nuclear munitions
in combat, such weapons also ensure that the PLA will be able to strike crippling blows against even the strongest opponents.
The B-1B began operations in 1986 as a long-range heavy bomber designed primarily to carry nuclear munitions
First, there is the vexed question of what nuclear munitions
were temporarily lost when the destroyer Coventry and the frigates Antelope and Ardent were sunk by Argentine aircraft in San Garlos Water.
There is no real evidence that TNW demilitarization took place, because the Russian 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense [responsible for nuclear munitions
deployment, testing, security] and Miniatom [oversees deactivation of nuclear weapons and stockpiles of plutonium] don't talk to each other and have poor record-keeping capability.
There is no real evidence that demilitarization of tactical nukes has taken place, because the Russian 12th Main Directorate of the Ministry of Defense--responsible for nuclear munitions
deployment, testing, security--and Mini-atom--which oversees deactivation of nuclear weapons and stockpiles of plutonium--don't talk to each other and keep poor records, he said.
Prepared to deliver high-explosive or nuclear munitions
at a moment's notice, the B-2 has massive firepower.
One of the most potent weapons used in the Persian Gulf conflict, fuel-air explosives have come to replace tactical nuclear munitions
as the preferred weapon for attacking dug-in troops and heavy fortifications.