FY14 NNSA Budget: Scarce Resources Devoted to Nuclear Weapons
June 24, 2013
president’s FY14 budget requests $11.65 billion for the NNSA, about
$190 million more than the organization’s funding under the FY13
Continuing Resolution, and $650 million more than its FY12
appropriation. The requested increase comes in a year of tight budgets
all around, where most governments programs face stagnant or declining
budgets. Notably, for all federal programs, the administration’s request
completely ignores the budget cuts mandated by the sequester. Unless
Congress finds a different solution, the NNSA will have to cut about
$600 million overall below the FY14 request.
Account FY12 FY13 FY14 Request Change %Change
NNSA Total 11 11.5 11.65 0.19 1.6
Weapons Activities 7.2 7.6 7.9 0.31 4.1
Defense 2.3 2.4 2.1 -0.27 -11.2
USD, in billions. Note, totals do not add exactly due to rounding.
the table above illustrates, however, if the overall NNSA budget is
funded at the requested level in FY14, it is programs to maintain and
modernize nuclear weapons that would benefit from this increase.
Nonproliferation programs—those that reduce the threat from the spread
of nuclear weapons—would still see substantial cuts. The real reduction
is even larger because two counterterrorism programs have been moved
from Weapons Activities into this category. These programs add roughly
$250 million to the total Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation budget. If
these programs had not been added, the overall total would be down by
$520 million in FY 2014, or 22%.
Funding for dismantlement
programs—those that disassemble retired weapons and dispose of the
resulting materials—would fall as well.
One bright spot in this
picture, however, is that the cuts in nonproliferation programs do
include a sizeable cut to the mixed oxide (MOX) fuel program, a
dangerous and expensive method of disposing of surplus weapons
plutonium. Funding for this program was cut by $118 million in the FY14
request, a reduction of nearly 30%, while the contractor provides
updated cost estimates and the administration assesses alternative
strategies for disposal.
This BLOG is for LLNL present and past employees, friends of LLNL and anyone impacted by the privatization of the Lab to express their opinions and expose the waste, wrongdoing and any kind of injustice against employees and taxpayers by LLNS/DOE/NNSA. The opinions stated are personal opinions. Therefore, The BLOG author may or may not agree with them before making the decision to post them. Comments not conforming to BLOG rules are deleted. Blog author serves as a moderator. For new topics or suggestions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, June 27, 2013
- ► 2017 (337)
- ► 2016 (295)
- ► 2015 (330)
- ► 2014 (309)
- Safety in natural disasters
- Taking another shot at cutting nukes
- FY14 NNSA Budget: Scarce Resources Devoted to Nucl...
- To Senior Management:
- LLNL Director's update
- Reimagining the National Laboratories
- NNSA Outlines Price Tag Of '3+2' Vision For Future...
- Unemployement benefits for SSVPers
- Cuts to nuclear weapons:
- Mixed Outlook for DOE
- Former Top DOE Intelligence Official to Serve as ‘...
- Lab Employees Opt for Early Retirement
- Davis-Bacon Act problem
- Which Davis?
- Lots of explaining
- NNSA Head computer account hacked!
- Pentagon Could Be Best Place For NNSA Autonomy
- LANL subject to another IG report
- Saving the ozone layer
- Status on furloughs?
- Layoffs Then and Now
- What a waste!
- Lab directors at ORNL
- On another subject: grade retention
- National Ignition Facility faces an uncertain futu...
- Another look at overblown NNSA budgets
- Who is next?
- ▼ June (28)
- ► 2012 (258)
- ► 2011 (162)
- ► 2010 (157)
- ► 2009 (231)
- ► 2008 (374)