House defense bill includes amendment assessing impact of publicizing Russia’s nuclear space weapon | Space

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) included an amendment to the annual defense bill that would require a report on the impact of a detonation of a nuclear weapon in space and the consequences of publicizing Russia’s alleged pursuit of a space-based nuclear weapon.

The amendment, agreed to on Wednesday night before the HASC passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and sent it to the House floor, includes language mandating a report from the U.S. government on whether intelligence sources were “compromised or lost” after classified information was leaked earlier this year about Russia’s development of a nuclear weapon in space.

It also asks for the report to include information on what options may have been lost to counter the weapon after it became publicly known, along with the assessment of the impact of a detonation of a nuclear weapon in space.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), who offered the amendment, said it was vital to know the impact of the leak of information about the Russian weapon.

“We should just understand the consequences of that to our nation’s response to a very serious threat to our national security,” he said.

Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), chair of the House Intelligence Committee, was the first to sound the alarm back in February when he warned of a new national security threat. His committee later…

Source thehill.com

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