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Reducing the nuclear Arsenal of the United States up to 1/3
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
reply to post by neo96
How many do you need? You still have enough to wipe every living creature off the face of the earth.
For two decades, U.S. administrations have confronted the decrepit, neglected state of the aging nuclear weapons complex.
There is no official price tag for the effort to upgrade and maintain the 5,113 warheads in the inventory, to replace old delivery systems and to renovate the aging facilities where nuclear work is performed. A study this summer by the nonpartisan Stimson Center, a Washington think tank, estimated costs would be at least $352 billion over the coming decade to operate and modernize the current arsenal. Others say the figure could be far higher, particularly if the work is delayed even longer.
The timing does not fit with the nation’s evolving defense posture, either. Over the past decade, the U.S. military has moved away from nuclear deterrence and major military interventions in favor of more precise tactics rooted in Special Operations forces and quick tactical strikes deemed more effective against today’s enemies.