“And lest you think the B61 [nuclear bomb] is an isolated incident of an American nuclear program whose budget has spiraled out of control, keep this in mind: the [National Nuclear Security Administration]’s 10 largest programs are all over budget, all behind schedule, and have combined cost increases of $16 billion.”
Cutting funding to the B61 nuclear bombs in Europe and the Mixed Oxide Fuel facility in South Carolina are smart budget and strategic decisions. We need to make sure Congress and the public knows the facts about these wasteful programs.
“With scarce funds in hand, the DOE decided to fund a related project, a multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility in Tennessee. But oops! Officials recently had to acknowledge they have to redesign the building because it wouldn’t be big enough to hold the equipment that was supposed to go inside it.”
From a great editorial in the Albuquerque Journal detailing a long list of waste and inefficiencies in the management of U.S. nuclear weapons complexes. Make sure to go read the full editorial to get an idea of just how many problems there are.