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This is Terrifying: Why Isn’t Anyone Worried?

Sometimes, the federal government’s failures are so extreme that the situation becomes laughable. Case in point–the U.S. government’s handling of its massive nuclear arsenal. Last night, comedian John Oliver listed case after case of mismanagement in the U.S. nuclear program on his television show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

As Oliver explains, the U.S. stockpile currently includes more than 4,800 weapons, “more than enough not just to destroy earth, but to provide Fourth of July fireworks for Martians.” Hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars continue to be spent on maintaining the arsenal, yet scandal plagues the program, including drunken generals, doors to silos left ajar, and launch officers cheating on proficiency tests.

Enhancing safety and security of nuclear weapons is one of the Project On Government Oversight’s main goals. Last week, POGO highlighted on our blog an analysis of a previously unreleased report from 1957. The analysis found that the risk of a catastrophe from nuclear weapons is far above any acceptable level. To see the rest of POGO’s work on nuclear security click here.

By: Avery Kleinman
Beth Daley Impact Fellow, POGO

Avery Kleinman At the time of publication Avery Kleinman was the Beth Daley Impact Fellow for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: National Security

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Authors: Avery Kleinman

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