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The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century

Recorded on March 14, 2005

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Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

There has been considerable debate over nuclear weapons research programs - Modern Pit facility, Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator, and Enhanced Test Readiness - in the wake of the decision by Congress to cut funding for these programs. Although it is unclear whether or not funding will be restored, it is clear that some members of Congress are unwilling or unable to understand the evolving role of nuclear weapons in modern national security. Please join us as our expert panel discusses, not only the role of nuclear weapons in the 21st Century, but also the requirements for U.S. nuclear forces, including delivery systems, warhead designs, and technology.