NYT Editorial Questions Nuke FundingTweet
May 28, 2013
The New York Times criticized President Obama’s funding of the B61 nuclear bombs stationed in Europe in a Sunday editorial.
President Obama’s 2014 budget calls for $537 million to modernize the 180 B61 bombs stationed in Europe. But that would only be the cost for 2014.
From the article:
When all is said and done, experts say, the cost of the rebuilding program is expected to total around $10 billion — $4 billion more than an earlier projection — and yield an estimated 400 weapons, fitted with new guided tail kits so that they are more reliable and accurate than the current ones.
This is a nonsensical decision, not least because it is at odds with Mr. Obama’s own vision. In a seminal speech in Prague in 2009 and a strategy review in 2010, Mr. Obama advocated the long-term goal of a world without nuclear arms and promised to reduce America’s reliance on them.
Andre Francisco is the Online Producer for the Project On Government Oversight.
Topics: National Security
Authors: Andre Francisco
- September 12, 2016
- September 8, 2016
- August 18, 2016
- August 9, 2016
- August 8, 2016
- July 28, 2016
- July 26, 2016
- July 22, 2016
Browse POGOBlog by Topic
POGO on Facebook
PODCAST: Winslow Wheeler on Congressional Oversight
Winslow Wheeler, a veteran Capitol Hill staffer, shares his insights about what proper Congressional oversight is and provides tips for today’s young staffers on how they can be most effective in their roles providing national security oversight.