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Friday, November 22, 2013

Moniz Seek to Assure Feinstein Over B61 Refurbishment

Weapons Complex Monitor November 20, 2013 Hagel, Moniz Seek to Assure Feinstein Over B61 Refurbishment The Obama Administration will pursue retirement of the B83 nuclear gravity bomb once the current B61 life extension program is completed, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) earlier this month. Feinstein has been an outspoken skeptic of the Administration’s plans to refurbish the B61, a plan that it says will allow for future stockpile reductions by combining four B61 variants into one new refurbished bomb. In their Nov. 6 letter, which was obtained by NW&M Monitor, Hagel and Moniz noted that Feinstein suggested during a meeting with Liz Sherwood-Randall of the National Security Staff that she would support the B61 LEP if it led to stockpile cuts and the retirement of the B83 and sought to assure Feinstein that would take place. “Having a single B61 variant will enable a reduction in the number of deployed and non-deployed air-delivered nuclear gravity weapons in the stockpile, while increasing the safety and security of this aging system,” Hagel and Moniz wrote. “Additionally, by balancing reduced yield with improved accuracy, this LEP would allow us to pursue retirement of the B61-11, and the B83 gravity bomb, once confidence in the B61-12 stockpile is gained, as provided in the FY 2014 National Nuclear Security Administration Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan.” Led by Feinstein, the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee cut $168 million from the Administration’s $551 million request for work on the B61 in FY 2014, but the Administration has continued to advocate for the full amount. “Even in these times of reduced budgets, we believe the investments required to achieve these plans are needed to fulfill the President’s nuclear vision,” Hagel and Moniz wrote. “Both Departments are committed to the program and through studies of alternative options, believe the B61-12 LEP is the most cost effective option that meets military requirements and policy objectives. Maintaining the commitment to the necessary investments in this program and its capability is critical to the Administration’s nuclear security objectives, and we look forward to the full support of Congress.” When asked by NW&M Monitor last week whether a commitment to retire the B83 would allow her to support the B61 LEP, Feinstein said she was concerned about the size of the weapons and the scope of the LEP, which she said was “more like a Cadillac than a Ford.” November 21, 2013 at 8:17 AM Anonymous said... The Obama Administration will pursue retirement of the B83 nuclear gravity bomb once the current B61 life extension program is completed, November 21, 2013 at 8:17 AM It's curtains for the LLNL weapons program when this happens. Unless of course they steal another LANL design.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There was a comment here about Feinstein that was apparently deleted by Scooby. I saw no disparagement or name calling. What's the deal, Scooby you're in love with Feinstein?

Anonymous said...

The main reason for refurbishment of the B-61 is because some of our NATO partners are allowed to keep a few in their arsenal. However, most of these NATO partners have already let it be known they want to get rid of their US supplied B-61s.

Without NATO needing the B-61, the whole point of the expensive refurbishment project goes out the window. The funding would then shift to supporting modernization of other nuclear weapons.

Foreign policy will determine the future of this particular weapon. I don't think the B-61 will be considered important enough for the White House to continue pouring money into it's re-design but our NATO partners probably have the final word in terms of its fate.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the B-61 will be considered important enough for the White House to continue pouring money into it's re-design

December 1, 2013 at 8:29 PM

You do know that the "White House" does not decide where money gets spent by the government? Spending bills, by the Constitution, originate in the House of Representatives. The "White House" can only veto what Congress allocates.

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