Stop a New Low-Yield Nuclear Weapon

A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 1086, seeks to stop the U.S. from developing a dangerous and destabilizing new low-yield nuclear warhead to be carried on U.S. submarine-launched ballistic missiles.

The "Hold the Low-Yield Nuclear Explosive (Hold the LYNE) Act" was introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu. A new "low-yield" nuclear weapon risks dangerously lowering the threshold for nuclear use by adding emphasis on low-yield options and increases the risk of miscalculation in a crisis.

In May 2018, more than 30 former officials, including former Defense Secretary William Perry, former Secretary of State George Schultz, and former Senator Richard Lugar wrote a bipartisan letter rejecting the low-yield warhead as “dangerous, unjustified and redundant.”

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