FAS Roundup: March 9, 2015

By March 9, 2015

US Nuclear Forces, 2015

Over the next decade, the United States plans to spend as much as $350 billion on nuclear force modernization and maintenance. In the latest Nuclear Notebook, FAS’ Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris estimate that the United States maintains about 4,760 nuclear warheads. Of this total, 2,080 warheads are deployed while 2,680 are in storage for potential upload onto missiles and aircraft.

Additionally, there are 2,340 retired (but still intact) warheads that are in storage under the custody of the Department of Energy, awaiting dismantlement. The total estimated inventory of the nuclear arsenal of the United States is 7,100 warheads. Since New START entered into force in February 2011, the United States has cut 158 strategic weapons and 88 launchers; there are plans to make further reductions by 2018.

Read the Nuclear Notebook here. 

From the Blogs

Making Government Accountability Work: The U.S. Constitution does not explicitly recognize a “public right to know.” But without reliable public access to government information, many features of constitutional government would not make sense. Freedom of speech and freedom of the press would be impoverished. Americans’ ability to hold their government accountable for its actions would be neutered. A new book by Heidi Kitrosser, Reclaiming Accountability, examines the conditions that make government accountability possible and meaningful.

Refugee Admissions and Resettlement and More from CRS: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS reports on topics such as nonstrategic nuclear weapons, cybersecurity information sharing, FOIA reform legislation and U.S. relations with Israel. 

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