A smarter nuclear strategy would reduce our arsenal and forgo the costly investments needed to overhaul it. It can be done. Walter Pincus of The Washington Post estimated that focused nuclear cuts could save $100 billion over the next 10 years. That is a solid start.
Decades after the Berlin Wall came down, its makes no sense for the nuclear weapons budget to get built up. The major challenges of modern times from terrorism to cyber-war demand a new strategy and focused resources to confront them.
Its clear we have a nuclear spending problem the $640 billion dollar question is, will Congress fix it?
Benjamin Loehrke is a senior policy analyst at Ploughshares Fund.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.