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Published on Oct 14, 2009
Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld
Sharon Weinberger discusses the U.S. government's history of funding unconventional weapons projects and assesses their feasibility. In particular, Ms. Weinberger traces the Defense Department's unsuccessful efforts to develop an isomer bomb, a grenade-sized explosive device which in theory would have the power of a nuclear bomb. Ms. Weinberger argues that there should be more oversight of such unconventional weapons programs that don't work but continue to get billions of dollars in funding. This event was held at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC. on July 8, 2006.