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Nuclear Weapon Funding In Us Defense Budget

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The United States is currently spending $35 Billion a year; which is 14% of the defense budget, or it is $96 million a day, because of the nuclear efforts of which about $25 million goes for operation and maintenance for the nuclear arsenal. The rest of the money is spent on cleanup, arms control verification, and ballistic missile research, which all of that, just adds to the cost greatly. President Obama revealed a budget that includes more than $220 million in cuts for nuclear security programs in the next fiscal year. One of the largest reductions is going to come to the International Material Protection and Cooperation program, and which it works to secure and eliminate the vulnerable nuclear weapons and materials. President Obama asked for $ 3.5 million or $114 million less than was appropriated in the 2014 budget. President Obama has also requested $108 million less than was appropriated last year for the Global Threat Reduction Initiative; this is a program that actually plays a key part in the “Energy Department’s effort at preventing terrorist from obtaining nuclear and radiological materials that could be used in weapons of mass destruction” (Silverberg). Should the U.S. Congress amend the D.O.D. Appropriations Act of 2015 to eliminate funding for nuclear weapons production?
“President Obama’s FY2014 base budget request of $552.0 billion in discretionary budget Authority for the Department of Defense (DOD) and defense-related programs of other agencies (excluding war costs), exceeded by $53.9 billion the legally binding cap on defense funding for FY2014 that was enacted in 2011 as part of the BCA.” Similarly, in their initial actions on the annual defense funding bills for FY2014, the House and the Armed Services and Appropriations Committees of the Senate approved defense funding totals (excluding war costs) that were very close to President Obama’s so-called “base budget” (non-war) request, regardless of the BCA cap” (Pat Towell, Amy Belasco). With the proposed cuts, some nuclear security experts now question whether Obama, who made nuclear security a pet issue during his time in the Senate and launched the biennial Nuclear Security Summit process, remains committed to the issue. With having proposed cuts, some of the nuclear security experts are now questioning whether President Obama, who was the one that made nuclear security a “pet” issue during his time in the Senate and launched the biennial Nuclear Security process, it remains attached to the issue. “Launching the Nuclear Security Summit process in Washington in 2010, the Obama administration notes that 12 countries have disposed of their highly enriched uranium stockpiles, many countries are endorsing international requirements of nuclear security and 19 countries have launched a counter nuclear smuggling initiative. “The Obama administration is currently weighing cuts in US nuclear forces,” a (USCCB) action alerts states. “Within weeks, the President will be...

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