The USS Tennessee was the first US nuclear-armed submarine to go on operational patrol with the new low-yield warhead. Photo credit: US Navy.

Biden should rethink US policy on low-yield nuclear weapons

By David N. Zikusoka, January 12, 2021

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The USS Tennessee was the first US nuclear-armed submarine to go on operational patrol with the new low-yield warhead. Photo credit: US Navy.

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