Modernizing and maintaining the US nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years will cost over $1.2 trillion, a 25 percent increase from previous estimates, according to a report by the US government.
The annual cost of modernizing the arsenal would rise from $29 billion in 2017 to $47 billion in 2027, before peaking at around $50 billion a year in 2030, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday.
Congressman Adam Smith, a member of the Armed Services Committee in the US House of Representatives, said, “Congress still doesn’t seem to have any answers as to how we will pay for this effort, or what the trade-offs with other national security efforts will be.”
US President Donald Trump has said he wants to ensure the US nuclear arsenal is at the “top of the pack,” saying the American military has fallen behind in its weapons capacity.
Trump in January directed US Defense Secretary James Mattis to conduct his own review the US…