New Generation of Nuclear Weapons

Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War by William Broad and David E. Sanger, The New York Times, April 16, 2016

The Trillion Dollar Question the Media Have Neglected to Ask Presidential Candidates by Lawrence Wittner, http://www.BillMoyers.com March 21, 2016

As U.S. Modernizes Nuclear Weapons, ‘Smaller’ Leaves Some Uneasy  by William Broad and David E. Sanger, The New York Times, January 11, 2016

These Ridiculously Expensive Bombs Could Fuel the Next Nuclear Arms Race by Paul Szoldra, Tech Insider, November 30, 2015

Inside the Most Expensive Nuclear Bomb Ever Made by Len Ackland and Burt Hubbard, Mother Jones, September/October 2015

A flight test body for a B61-12 nuclear weapon 

On the A-Bomb’s 70th Anniversary, Obama Wants to Spend A Trillion Dollars on New Nuclear Weapons by Elliott Negin, Senior Writer, Union of Concerned Scientists, Huffington Post

HR 1534 – Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act (SANE Act) introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

S 831 – Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act (SANE Act) introduced by Sen. Edward  Markey (D-MA)

The SANE Act calls for cutting $100 billion from the bloated nuclear weapons budget over the next 10 years.  The SANE Act would:

  • Cut the current fleet of nuclear submarines from 12 to 8 operational at sea ($3 billion savings),
  • Delay the purchase of new nuclear submarines ($17 billion savings),
  • Reduce the number of land-based nuclear missiles, or ICBMs ($6 billion savings),
  • End the nuclear missions of air bombers (up to $17 billion savings),
  • Delay a new nuclear-capable bomber program ($18 billion savings), and
  • Cancel new, wasteful nuclear weapons facilities ($15 billion savings) – these facilities include the MOX fuel facility, the CMRR-NF plutonium pit facility, and the UPF facility for uranium processing.

Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act — Table of Reductions and Projected Savings (From Sen. Markey, posted by Los Alamos Study Group)