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Apr 18, 2019
11:34AM

Trump admin halts recent US govt practice of disclosing current size of nuclear weapons stockpile

AP
The Donald Trump administration has halted the recent US government practice of disclosing the current size of the nuclear weapons stockpile. The Department of Energy provided no explanation for the same.

It said the decision was made by the Formerly Restricted Data Declassification Working Group, consisting of officials from the departments of Defense and Energy.

"Formerly Restricted Data" is a category of classification that pertains to information such as nuclear stockpile quantities, warhead yields and locations.

The Obama administration, in May 2010, had declassified for the first time the full history of the US nuclear weapons stockpile from its beginning in 1945. 


Last year, the Trump administration had disclosed that the stockpile consisted of 3,822 nuclear warheads, down 196 warheads from the year before. The decision reverses almost a decade of US nuclear weapons transparency policy.

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