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Old 10-15-2014, 05:13 AM
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Default Nukes Are Cannibalizing The U.S. Defense Budget

No surprise.. just more FULDA GAP thinking..


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The Cold War is over, but you wouldn't know it looking at the current defense budget. The U.S. is spending hundreds of billions on new weapons systems to modernize its nuclear triad—and the Defense Department won't be able to pay for it without deeper cuts in conventional forces.

"It won't happen tomorrow, but the Pentagon may have to start eating its young," reports Breaking Defense. That assessment is based on a new analysis published by the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment (CSBA).

At issue are two of the most expensive weapons in U.S. history: the Air Force's Long Range Strike bomber (LRS-B) and the Navy's replacement for its Ohio class nuclear missile submarine.

The LRS-B is the Air Force's next generation stealth bomber, which is slated to begin entering service in the mid-2020s. Right now, the estimated procurement cost is $550 million per aircraft, and the Pentagon wants 100 of them. But, the Air Force has a long track record of going way over-budget with its bomber programs—and, the LRS-B seems to be no exception. Todd Harrison, the top budget expert at the CSBA says that, looking at long-term research and development costs, the purchase of 100 new bombers won't be completed until the 2030's, at a total cost of roughly $90 billion.

A big chunk of that expense is a result of the Air Force's decision to make its new bomber nuclear-capable. The Congressional Budget Office attributes 25% of the development cost of the program to its nuclear mission. And, on top of that, the bomber will be equipped with two new nuclear weapons: nuclear-tipped cruise missiles (estimated cost $30 billion) and an upgraded B61 bomb (estimated cost: $10 billion).

Meanwhile, the Ohio-Class Replacement program seeks to design and build a new class of 12 ballistic missile submarines to replace the U.S. Navy's current force of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines (photo above). Total estimated cost, according to Harrison, $113 billion.

The High Cost of Nuking

"But wait, there's more!" as they say on TV. The Air Force is in the final phase of a multibillion-dollar, decade-long modernization program to extend the service life of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile to 2030. And, the Air Force has already begun discussing plans for an all-new ICBM system for beyond 2030, which could cost between $125 billion and $219 billion.

Harrison doesn't see how the Pentagon will be able to afford all of this, in addition to other programs that it has planned. The U.S. Navy, for instance, has already reported that it cannot find the funds to pay for its latest 30-year shipbuilding plans. The Air Force would have to cut other projects it deems critical for operational readiness, including a new tanker for mid-air refueling and replacing its aging fleet of cargo planes.
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Old 10-15-2014, 05:27 AM
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US has more than 5,000 nuclear warheads

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...-warheads.html

If we need to launch even one; we are going to suffer immeasurable loss in retaliation. It is absolutely insane that our country is so military/weapon crazy that they would sacrifice the health, education, and infrastructure of this country.

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"Fighting for peace is like f^@king for virginity"

It, obviously, hasn't worked in the ME. The interview with the American doctor rescued from the Taliban this morning was most insightful. There were some young Taliban fighters who did not want to capture him, kept him safe, and played a part in his escape. They listened to the doctor's story and shared why they were with the Taliban. It was all they knew. Knowledge is more powerful than any gun. We need to find a way to reach out to the young ones.
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While there's plenty of valid arguments in favor of keeping the nuclear triad and large numbers of nukes, they all rely upon the same Cold War mentality that needs to end on both sides. We say we can't dismantle our stockpile because the enemy won't dismantle his, but he keeps his because we won't dismantle ours. Mutually-assured destruction won the Cold War by destroying the Soviet economy and now it's doing the same to ours.
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