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PSR Says: Please Spend Our Taxes on Something Useful!

Posted by Martin Fleck on March 19, 2014

In December 2013 the Congressional Budget Office released a report titled Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023. In it, the CBO predicted that to maintain and “modernize” US submarines, land-based missiles, bombers and nuclear warheads would cost $355 billion over the next decade. The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey extrapolated the Pentagon’s ambitious modernization plans out for 30 years and released The Trillion Dollar Nuclear Triad.

Take Action! Would you like to promote--in your community--sensible federal budget priorities? If so, please contact Martin Fleck, PSR Security Program Director. During debate over the budget this year, PSR will focus on some specific cuts to specific programs as well as supporting broad legislation to rethink the entire nuclear budget.

Specific cuts: 

  • Eliminate spending to modernize--and provide security for--180 B61 nuclear weapons that are STILL--after all these years—based in five NATO countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Turkey. These are tactical nuclear weapons designed to be delivered by fighter planes.  It is time to retire these relics of the Cold War. More info here.
  • Cut back on spending, wherever possible, for a new fleet of submarines to replace the Trident submarines, and a new fleet of long-range bombers to replace the current B-2 and B-52 planes.

The big picture: SANE ACT Legislation to save taxpayers $100 billion over the next decade 

According to a press release from Senator Markey, these related bills would:  

  • Reduce deployed strategic submarines from 14 to 8 and reduce the purchase of replacement submarines from 12 to 8 – saving $16 billion
  • Cut warhead life extension programs and defer the development of new ICBMs – saving $15 billion.
  • Remove the nuclear mission from F-35s and delay the new long range bomber – saving over $32 billion.
  • Cancel nuclear weapon making facilities and missile defense programs – saving $37 billion.

Tax Day is a great opportunity to educate on these issues.-- Thanks to Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions, you can calculate the cost to your community of nuclear weapons spending Research per capita income in your community at the Census bureau quick facts website, then visit the website for Citizens for Peaceful Resolutions  to determine the tax burden of nuclear weapons for your community. Use this data to develop your own message on the impacts of these outrageous nuclear weapons expenditures in your community.

Would you like to dig deeper into the Fiscal Year 2015 nuclear weapons budget?  Kingston Reif, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, put together an excellent fact sheet (with detailed budget numbers) of the FY 2015 Pentagon and Dept. of Energy requests for replacement nuclear delivery and warhead life extension programs.


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