National policy-makers are considering a major shift in the U.S. nuclear weapons program, possibly expanding a 13-year-old Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship effort that was established to extend the life of an aging inventory. A study now underway could clear the path for a Reliable Replacement Warhead (RRW) initiative and lead to a smaller weapons complex building new warheads based on older, previously tested and more-conservative designs. In parallel, Energy Dept. and National ...

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