Friday, March 17, 2017

US Nuclear Weapons Infrastructure Is Crumbling - Report

President Donald Trump says the United States will be at the “top of the pack” with nuclear weapons. But his goal has already hit a snag: the infrastructure that supports the country’s nuclear weapons is crumbling to “alarming” levels, a Congressional panel warned Thursday.

The infrastructure that supports the U.S. nuclear weapons programs, including labs, production facilities, and weapons storage complexes were all built six decades ago.
There’s a $3.7 billion backlog in deferred essential repairs to the U.S. nuclear weapons infrastructure and maintenance issues pose increased risks of a serious nuclear accident.

The warnings come as the U.S. government begins to pour over $1 trillion into modernizing its nuclear weapons stockpile over the next 30 years.