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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nuclear modernization and budgets

The conflict between budgets and nuclear modernization got more attention today in a NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/us/us-ramping-up-major-renewal-in-nuclear-arms.html?hpw&rref=us&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHedThumbWell&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well
so it goes.
September 22, 2014 at 4:52 AM
 Anonymous said...
Impossible.

DOE is the meddlesome arm of Congress.

Congress meddles where it likes.

To the elect, even outright failure is preferable to limitations its perogatives.

The only hope is to put authority to run the labs on a body independent of its authority, such as a state government.

You decide it this is possible again.
September 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM
 Anonymous said...
DOE is the meddlesome arm of Congress.

September 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

You apparently do not understand that DOE is a Executive Branch cabinet Department, which reports to the President, not to Congress. Obama has shown the way for his cabinet Secretaries to ignore Congress, just as he does. The fact that Moniz might not choose that method doesn't mean it is not open to him. In fact, it makes him a compromiser, unlike anyone else in the Administration.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

HERE IS THE NEW YORK TIMES' MONEY QUOTE (LITERALLY): "...estimated the total cost of the nuclear enterprise over the next three decades at roughly $900 billion to $1.1 trillion."

This is modernization - spending lots of money to 'make work' in the nuclear weapons enterprise that will, ultimately, move the U.S. stockpile away from its pedigreed designs (fully tested in Nevada) and make our weapons less, not more, reliable.

What could possibly go wrong with that program?

Anonymous said...

The vast, vast majority of that $1.1 trillion is money to upgrade expensive weapons delivery systems like submarines and airplanes. Money for these efforts isn't going to the core NW enterprise, but rather the usual suspects: Lockheed, Northrup, etc...

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