U.S. nuclear weapons program in fiscal 2008 funding for the $ 52 billion (Chart)
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AFP January 12, 2009 Carnegie Foundation report, a report released Monday said the United States in fiscal year 2008 the nuclear-related programs invest at least $ 52 billion, most of them used to maintain and update their stockpiles of nuclear weapons.
report, this estimate is a comprehensive analysis of publicly available documents that can be derived, because the U.S. Government has not investigated the total cost of nuclear-related program. Report, “according to the best available data, fiscal year 2008 nuclear weapons and related programs into general funding of at least $ 52.4 billion.”
report, Department of Defense costs of deployment and maintenance of nuclear weapons is still part of the estimated value, the estimate may be too low, even so, it is also much greater than most officials acknowledge the numbers.
“total nuclear spending, about 55.5% (291 million) to upgrade, operate and maintain the U.S. nuclear arsenal,” the report said, “If the Department of Energy (DOE) re-construction of nuclear weapons production nuclear weapons production capability and restore the Commonwealth’s proposal was approved and funding, these costs will significantly rise. ” Report, the cost of maintaining the U.S. nuclear arsenal is estimated at $ 5.0 billion.
report, as compared to fiscal 2008 a total of $ 5.2 billion (9.9% of total costs) into the prevention of proliferation of nuclear weapons and nuclear technology.
report that the threat reduction programs and maintaining nuclear forces do not need the same level of spending. But the report said, the priority in spending on inequality, “give a message to other countries, the United States that maintain and enhance its nuclear forces is more important than preventing nuclear proliferation.”