U.S. Spending on Nuclear Weapons Exceeds $52 Billion

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Most U.S. Government spending on nuclear weapons-related programs is unclassified.  But it is functionally secret since such spending is widely dispersed across many programs in several agencies and it is not formally tracked or reported.

A new study prepared for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace estimated that the cost of U.S. nuclear weapons and weapons-related programs exceeded $52 billion last year.

“That’s a floor, not a ceiling,” said Stephen I. Schwartz, who led the study with Deepti Choubey. The estimate does not include the costs of classified nuclear weapons programs or nuclear-related intelligence programs, among other limiting factors.

http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2009/01/nuclear_spending.html

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