Nuclear Bunker-Buster Could Cause 1,000,000 Deaths

A congressionally mandated report authored by the independent, nonprofit National Research Council found that a nuclear weapon designed to reliably destroy underground bunkers could kill one million people. The Bush administration proposed an $8 million dollar program to study the technical feasibility of designing such a weapon in its budget for FY 2006. This is a major setback for proponents of the research, since they had argued that the weapon would be “usable” in combat because it would not cause massive civilian casualties.

– Andy Grotto