From: Washington D.C.
Any ideas on how it would be deployed without going into a full nuclear holocaust?
Not really. My thinking is that making a new less destructive nuclear weapon doesn't really help you if the response is just as destructive as it always was. I know a long time ago, under the late Clinton and Bush administrations, there was some discussion of using nuclear "bunker busters" to attack certain deeply buried hardened targets. That kind of thinking seemed to have gone away under the Obama administration. It's possible it never really went away, though, and it just continued quietly.
So... if I was going to build the scenario, there's several criteria the target country would need to satisfy.
1) It could not be covered by any mutual defense agreements with a nuclear power or it's unclear that the nuclear power would actually honor those agreements.
2) The target would have to be so deeply buried and hardened that it was unreachable by a MOP.
3) The nation would have to have so alienated the international community that nobody would advocate on behalf of the welfare of the people of that nation (the widespread practice of ritual cannibalism might do the trick..).
So... basically... if my deeply buried hardened secret laboratory isolated far away from everyone else was taken over by flesh eating zombies, I could probably get domestic and international support for nuking them with this weapon. People would be like, "Yeah, go ahead, light 'em up!" Other than that, it's probably back to a nuclear holocaust.
< Message edited by SeaQueen -- 2/8/2019 4:20:09 PM >