Meet the Budget Busting B61 Nuclear Bomb

The U.S. is poised to spend $11.6 billion to upgrade a handful of nuclear bombs - with each bomb costing more than twice its weight in gold. The bombs were originally put in Europe to roll back a Soviet land invasion. With the Cold War over, the costly bomb upgrades would rack up more debt while adding no benefit to our security. 

Why are the bombs still around? What else could the U.S. buy with the money? How much gold are we talking about? See the infographic below.

The B61 costs more than twice its weight in gold.

Resources:

  • Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, 2014. (pdf)
  • Department of Energy FY 2014 Congressional Budget Request. (pdf)
  • Department of Defense FY 2014 President's Budget Submission, Air Force justification book. (pdf)
  • CNN Commodities. (Gold price at $1211.60 per ounce, as of June 28, 2013)
  • "Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons" by Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists. May, 2012. (pdf)
  • "Nuclear Posture Review," meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations. April 8, 2010. (transcript)
  • SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, 2012.
  • "Throwing Money at Nukes" by The New York Times. May 26, 2013.
  • Department of Defense Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request, "Program Acquisition Cost by Weapon System." (pdf)
  • "Dubai Opens World's Tallest Building" by Douglas Stanglin for USA Today. January 4, 2010.
  • "How America Pays for College 2012" by Sallie Mae. (pdf)
  • "Outcry Erupts over 1% Pay Raise Proposed for Military" by Gregg Zoroya for USA Today. April 24, 2013.
  • "American Red Cross FY11 Financial Results" (pdf)
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Art Direction and Design by Peter Fedewa

Comments

Who benefits from this money?

Obviously someone is making money off these upgrades to outdated nukes. Which organization out there is bringing in billions of dollars?

Actually, I really don't care. Let's not pay for this please. If you really want to fix the budget don't spend money on nukes.

No new modernised Nuclear Bombs

I am writing today as a tax paying citizen that I am opposed to my tax payers' money going to weapons that can destroy the planet!

The war machine drives up the cost of basic needs such as food, housing and health care. Nuclear weapons instead need to be dismantled.

It is bad enough that we have climate change to worry about.

The last thing we need is another nuclear arms race!

We could buy straight jackets

We could buy straight jackets for every crazy person Washington. (that would be everybody) and still have enough left offer to rebuild one of our cities

money wasted on B61 bomb

This eleven billion dollars could instead pay for two years of Booz
Allen Hamilton's "services" to U.S. government.

Nuclear power

We still have more nuclear power than needed to destroy planet earth. We should spend the money to reduce rather increase this power. Since we are the number one nation with this capability, and if we truly want a chance for peace, we should be the example of nuclear weapon reduction. Spending this money to convince other nations to do the same with the US as a leader, I am sure we could, diplomatically, trade-wise or any other-wise, truly be a moral leader and have money left over.

B61 Nuclear bombs

Why?

Can this country love itself?

No, no, no, do not build this

No, no, no, do not build this nuke. Craziness just keeps on coming. There seems to be no end to the infection of craziness. This nation ALREADY has enough bombs to destroy this planet a few times over. NO! We need no more bombs. Maybe those who are so impassioned on insisting that we need new and improved ways to destroy the whole entire planet and all existing life, can hold bake sells to make their wet dreams come true.

Are we on the eve of destruction?

When I was a kid, almost every day, I had an abusive teacher one year who made me write 500 times, "I will not talk in class." To those violent-minded, adolescent-thinking people who seemed to be enrolled in a class called I-love-War-and-destruction 101, that whole class, and the teacher too, needs to write 1000 times, every single day for the rest of their lives: "Through nonviolent conflict resolution, May Peace prevail on Earth"

And maybe after that they can also write 1000 times, every single day, for the rest of their lives "Think Peace, act Peace, spread Peace"

We don't need no more bombs, we already have WAY TOO MANY! The people who are hell-bent on destroying the world with bigger, better and improved bombs are insane. When one takes pleasure in destroying other people's lives, and in this case when they take pleasure in destroying the whole entire planet, that makes them insane, clinically insane. WHY do these psychopathic people THRIVE on violence? Oh yeah, there is profit in selling violent ways of dealing with disagreements between human beings.

In my opinion, for what it's worth, It is insane to profit from motivating people to kill their fellow human being, are insane, clinically insane. I ain't no shrink, but I know this.

Those psychopaths wanting to make more and more bombs make me think of Barry McGuire's song, Eve of Destruction.

( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntLsElbW9Xo )

Through nonviolent conflict resolution, May Peace prevail on Earth.

B61-12 bomb

Here we go again with the government secrets!

There is so much more we could do with this money that the government will say we do not have, so others (like the poor and the military men, women and families, and education) will have to cut back to make this a go.

We need elected reps who are not in the pocket of corporations, that care about people and want people to have a job,place to live, food, health care and a decent education. The ones we have now seem to mostly care about the money and their next election.

We need brave people at the helm more so than ever!

DON'T SPEND MONEIY ON UPGRADING ATOMIC WEAPONS

WE NEED TO PUSH FOR TOTAL ATOMIC WEAPON DISARMAMENT. PUT THE MONEY INTO GOOD WORKS LIKE CARTER IS DOING. SUBSIDIZE THE PRODUCTION OF RENEWABLE ENERGY. STOP THE DRONE ATTACKS. LET OTHER COUNTRIES RUN THEIR OWN AFFAIRS AND THEY WILL LEAVE US ALONE.

WHAT IF ON 9/12 WE HAD STUCK WITH OUR ÇHRISTIAN BACKGROUND AND SAID, WE WILL NOT RETURN EVIL FOR EVIL. 5000 AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN SOLDIERS WOULD STILLBE ALIVE. AND OTHER NATIONS WOULD HAVE JOINED IN A POLICE ACTION AGAINST AL QUIDA

Here's what we could do with the money instead

How about spending this money on education instead? Or roads and infrastructure? Or services for veterans? Or to shore up social security and medicare?!

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