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Accession Number ADA591533
Title Projected Costs of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023.
Publication Date Dec 2013
Media Count 26p
Personal Author D. E. Mosher M. Bennett M. S. Goldberg R. Hall S. Jennings
Abstract In its most recent review of U.S. nuclear policy, the Administration resolved to maintain all three types of systems that can deliver nuclear weapons over long ranges -- submarines that launch ballistic missiles (SSBNs), land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and long-range bombers - - known collectively as the strategic nuclear triad. The Administration also resolved to preserve the ability to deploy U.S. tactical nuclear weapons carried by fighter aircraft overseas in support of allies. Nearly all of those delivery systems and the nuclear weapons they carry are nearing the end of their planned operational lives and will need to be modernized or replaced by new systems over the next two decades. In addition, the Administration's review called for more investment to restore and modernize the national laboratories and the complex of supporting facilities that maintain the nation's stockpile of nuclear weapons. The costs of these modernization activities will add significantly to the overall cost of the nation's nuclear forces, which also includes the cost of operating and maintaining the current forces. As directed by the Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-239), the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated the costs over the next 10 years of the Administration's plans for operating, maintaining, and modernizing nuclear weapons and the military systems capable of delivering those weapons. However, CBO's estimates should not be used directly to calculate the savings that might be realized if these forces were reduced. Because the nuclear enterprise has large fixed costs for infrastructure and other factors, a partial reduction in the size of any segment of these forces would likely result in savings that were proportionally smaller than the relative reduction in force.
Keywords Ballistic missile submarines
Bomber aircraft
Command and control systems
Cost estimates
Cost projections
Cruise missiles
Department of defense
Department of energy
Early warning systems
Federal budgets
Intercontinental ballistic missiles
Investments
Laboratories
Life-extension programs
Long range(Distance)
Long-range standoff weapon
Long-range strike bomber
Maintenance
Military budgets
Military modernization
Nuclear delivery system modernization
Nuclear forces(Military)
Nuclear weapons
Nuclear weapons laboratories
Nuclear weapons modernization
Operating and maintenance costs
Replacement
Stockpiles
Strategic nuclear forces
Tactical nuclear forces

 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
96 - Business & Economics
74 - Military Sciences
74H - Nuclear Warfare
Corporate Author Congressional Budget Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Budget rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1411
Contract Number N/A

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