Operation Buster-Jangle
Operation Buster-Jangle was a series of seven (six atmospheric, one underground) nuclear weapon
Nuclear weapon
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s tests conducted by the United States in late 1951 at the Nevada Test Site
Nevada Test Site
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. Buster-Jangle was the first joint test program between the DOD
United States Department of Defense
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 and Los Alamos
Los Alamos National Laboratory
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 National Laboratories. 6,500 troop
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s were involved in the Desert Rock
Desert Rock exercises
Desert Rock was the code name of a series of exercises conducted by the US military in conjunction with atmospheric nuclear tests. They were carried out at the Nevada Proving Grounds between 1951 and 1957....

 I, II, and III exercises in conjunction with the tests. The last two tests evaluated the cratering effects of low-yield nuclear devices.