Overspending on Nukes
Via the Atlantic: How to Shave a Bundle Off the Deficit: Spend Less on Nukes
The government is set to spend almost $700 billion on nuclear weapons over the next 10 years, roughly as much as it spent on the war in Iraq over the decade. Most of the money will be spent without any clear guidance on how many weapons we need and for what purpose. Procurement is racing ahead of policy.
A procurement-policy gap is opening up that threatens to lock in the old nuclear posture for a new generation. As Forbes recently noted, "Barack Obama is likely to spend more money on the U.S. nuclear arsenal than any U.S. president since Ronald Reagan."
While there is no doubt that we have to maintained and modernized, it is difficult to accept that we need to spend at Cold War levels.