CREATORSchwartz, Stephen I. / Choubey, Deepti
TITLENuclear Security Spending: Assessing Costs, Examining Priorities
DATE ACCESSED29 August 2017

This report details the expenditures of the United States for nuclear weapons and related programs in 2008, in an effort undertaken largely to assess the total U.S. funds devoted to that area in comparison to other national priorities. The report classifies the funds into five categories: nuclear forces and operational support, deferred environmental and health costs, missile defense, nuclear threat reduction, and nuclear incident management. Findings indicate that over half the funds went to upgrading, operating, and sustaining the U.S. nuclear arsenal while less than ten per cent targeted efforts to prevent the spread of weapons and technology. Data from each of the five categories are presented in tables and graphs that compare expenditures for other government departments and agencies. The report shows not only the total costs in each category but the amounts allocated to individual agencies for a given category. It concludes with a set of recommendations including the creation of comprehensive accounting systems, quantification of nuclear expenditures, a focus on proactive threat reduction activities, and ensuring equity for veterans exposed to radiation. Since not all information is publicly available, the authors emphasize that their findings are likely to underestimate spending totals. Extensive appendices contain detailed information on government agencies involved with nuclear weapons programs.

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