Obama administration understated nuclear weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An independent report projects a much higher bill for the administration’s weapons programs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… l will likely cost around 66 percent more over the next decade than senior Pentagon officials have predicted, according to a new assessment by the indepe …"

"… Congress finished action on a 2014 budget bill that restored some planned Pentagon spending cuts. James Miller, the Pentagon’s outgoing policy chief, had …"

"… bill that restored some planned Pentagon spending cuts. James Miller, the Pentagon’s outgoing policy chief, had said in 2011 congressional testimony that t …"

"… rage of $21 billion a year, an amount he pegged at around 3 percent of the Pentagon’s likely overall budget for that period. His boss at the time, Deputy S …"

Obama’s nuclear targeting revisions create a path to smaller arsenals

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Obama's plan embraces cuts that Moscow remains reticent to endorse.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… ow. …"

"… White House fact sheet summarizing the document states that Obama told the Pentagon and its war planners that nuclear weapons should only be used in “extrem …"

"… dependent arms control advocates, but neither attracted support within the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Hagel, who before his nomination signed a Global Zero …"

"… ng a stable, long-term strategic relationship,” the summary stated. The Pentagon's summary also states that the United States will continue deploying tacti …"

Obama proposes shifting funds from nuclear nonproliferation to nuclear weapons

By R. Jeffrey Smith and Douglas Birch

Hundreds of millions of dollars proposed in spending on warheads

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… “have been mismanaged for the last five to six years.” Joan Rohlfing, president of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit arms control group founded b …"

"… o discuss a potential agreement for such reductions with Russian president Vladimir Putin. …"

Obama administration embraces major new nuclear weapons cut

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Officials back a new targeting plan and a one-third reduction in the U.S. arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Security Council":

"… r a review that included the State Department, the Defense Department, the National Security Council, the intelligence community, the U.S. Strategic Command, the Joint Chiefs …"

Nukes likely to decline in Obama’s second term

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Talk of an informal agreement with Russia becomes public now that the election is past.

U.S. nuclear targeting unaltered since 2008

By R. Jeffrey Smith

The more things change, the more they stay the same in U.S. planning for nuclear war.

U.S. arms control official: Test ban treaty faces 'uphill' fight in Senate

By Zach Toombs

U.S. arms control official predicts 'uphill' fight.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… dwide for any purposes.“We have a highly charged political atmosphere in Washington these days,” Gottemoeller said. “I know we will have a tough uphill fi …"

Former U.S. nuclear commander startles with proposal to cut weapons arsenal by 80%

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Squabbling in Washington intensifies as a former nuclear force commander urges 80% reduction in the arsenal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lockheed Martin":

"… four biggest companies in the nuclear weapons launch business — Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics — and their corporate political …"

Possible nuclear weapons cuts worry Republican lawmakers

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

Future arms agreements threaten profitable line of work for defense contracting giants

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… . John Kerry, D-Mass., noted after the more recent vote that “in today's Washington, in today's Senate, 70 votes is yesterday's 95.”The letter, signed only …"

U.S. may not reach 2013 deadline for securing nuclear materials

By Laurel Adams

A nuclear nonproliferation initiative set by President Obama in 2009 is far behind its goal of securing vulnerable nuclear material by 2013.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Security Council":

"… on programs. The report found that the interagency strategy, including the National Security Council and Department of Energy, lacks estimated costs, timeframe, and scope of t …"

"… Energy, lacks estimated costs, timeframe, and scope of the initiative.The National Security Council said developing an integrated, cross—agency plan including those details …"