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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

U.S. wants $85 million for nuclear complex

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U.S. wants $85 million for nuclear complex
Nov. 19, 2010

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Washington called for investing more than $85 billion during the next decade to modernize the U.S. nuclear weapons complex, the White House said.

The White House said the National Nuclear Security Administration, the agency tasked with ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, lost 20 percent of its purchasing power during the administration of George W. Bush.

The White House said it was committed to modernizing the arsenal the agency that supports it. U.S. President Barack Obama called for $7 billion to fund the NNSA for 2011, which represents close to a 10 percent increase from the previous year.

Another $600 million would be tacked on to the funding measure for 2012, which the White House said was part of an $85 billion proposal for the next decade.

The funding measure proposed by the White House is more than $4.1 billion than a plan provided to U.S. lawmakers earlier this year.

"This level of funding is unprecedented since the end of the Cold War," the White House added in a statement.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Obama administration wants the START treaty to be ratified by the Senate. The Senate (at least some members, enough to block that treaty) have been demanding money be poured into the weapons complex. You may call it blackmail to bring money into the constituents pockets or possibly prudent planning once testing by signed treaty is blocked.

Either way, the Senate wants the cold hard cash, not "maybe" or "we'll get the money after the 2012 election".

The administration wants to have some "success" in the foreign affairs department and this is one of those plums that would look good in that endeavor.

The complex is running in a state of dilapidation. That's the payment for winning the cold war.

So it's a blackmail payment or it's the acknowledgment that the house needs a bit of fixing up beyond a paint job. You choose.

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