الجيش العربي السوري يهاجم الإرهابيين في أرياف دمشق ودرعا ودير الزور وحمص وإدلب وحماه واللاذقية وحلب لبنان : المقاومة الوطنية تضرب دبابة "إسرائيلية" في مزارع شبعا وتوقع إصابات في طاقمها العراق : عشرات القتلى والجرحى بتفجير إرهابي لسيارة مفخخة في حي المشتل غرب بغداد اليمن : الرئيس منصور هادي كلف أحمد عوض بن مبارك بتشكيل حكومة و"الحوثيين" اعترضوا تركيا : تظاهرات كردية ضخمة في اسطنبول ضد رئيس الجمهورية أردوغان والموقف يتأزم روسيا : روغوزين "يعد" بإنتاج أسلحة متطورة، وأسلحة ذكية "للتصدي لأي عدوان" على البلاد أميركا : بايدن يتهم تركيا والسعودية والإمارات بدعم قوى الإرهاب لـ"شن حرب بالوكالة" ضد سوريا      
Letter Urges Super Committee to Reduce Nuclear Weapons Spending

FAS joined 48 organizations in signing a letter to United States Representatives asking them to cosign Representative Markey’s letter to members of the Super Committee. Markey’s letter urges Super Committee members to increase U.S. security by reducing spending on outdated and unaffordable nuclear weapons programs.
 
Additionally, this support letter offers specific suggestions to Congress on how to scale back new nuclear weapons programs and help close the budget deficit.
 
October 11, 2011
 
Dear Representative,
 
We, the undersigned organizations and experts, ask you to cosign Rep. Markey’s (D-MA) letter to members of the Super Committee urging them to reduce nuclear weapons spending and use the resulting savings to invest in higher priority programs.
 
There is broad bipartisan agreement that few national security issues are as critical as how to deal with America’s crippling debt. Getting America’s fiscal house in order will require difficult budgetary choices.   This means that we need to make smart decisions about what is most needed to safeguard U.S. national security in the 21st century.
 
The United States currently spends over $50 billion per year on maintaining and upgrading a nuclear weapons force of 5,000 nuclear weapons and weapons related programs. These costs are expected to increase in light of the Obama administration’s plan to spend at least $200 billion over the next decade on new nuclear delivery systems and warhead production facilities. Much of this spending is designed to confront Cold War-era threats that no longer exist while posing financial and opportunity costs that can no longer be justified.
 
In the current economic environment, it will be counterproductive to make unsustainable, open-ended commitments to hugely expensive programs that are irrelevant to the most likely threats we face. “We’re not going to be able to go forward with weapon systems that cost what weapon systems cost today,” Strategic Command chief Gen. Robert Kehler said recently “Case in point is [the] Long-Range Strike [bomber]. Case in point is the Trident [submarine] replacement. . . . The list goes on.”
 
Fiscally responsible Republicans are also proposing to rein in spending on nuclear weapons. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who voted against the New START nuclear reductions treaty in December 2010, has proposed a deficit reduction plan that would cut $79 billion in spending on nuclear weapon systems over the next decade by reducing the U.S. nuclear arsenal to below the New START limit of 1,550 deployed strategic nuclear warheads and cutting the number of delivery systems and warheads in reserve and by delaying procurement of a new long-range bomber until the mid-2020s.
 
The United States could save billions by canceling or scaling back new nuclear weapons programs such as the plan to build 12 new nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines, which the Pentagon estimates could cost nearly $350 billion over their 50-year lifespan and new facilities to support the nuclear weapons force. For example, by building and deploying no more than 8 new SSBN(X) nuclear-armed submarines, the United States could still deploy the same number of strategic nuclear warheads at sea as is currently planned (about 1,000) under New START and save roughly $26 billion over 10 years, $31 billion over 30 years, and $120 billion over the life of the program.
 
By responsibly pursuing further reductions in U.S. nuclear forces and scaling back plans for new and excessively large strategic nuclear weapons systems and warhead production facilities, the United States can help close its budget deficit. And by reducing the incentive for Russia to rebuild its arsenal, these budget savings will make America safer and more secure.
 
Please sign Rep. Markey’s letter calling on the Super Committee to increase U.S. security by reducing spending on outdated and unaffordable nuclear weapons programs.
 
Sincerely,*
 
 
Joni Arends, Executive Director,
 
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
 
David C. Atwood, Former Director and Representative
 
for Disarmament and Peace Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva
 
Mavis Belisle, Coordinator
 
JustPeace
 
Peter Bergel, Executive Director
 
Oregon PeaceWorks
 
Harry C. Blaney III, Senior Fellow, National Security Program
 
Center for International Policy
 
Beatrice Brailsford, Nuclear program director
 
Snake River Alliance, Idaho
 
Jay Coghlan, Executive Director
 
Nuclear Watch New Mexico
 
David Culp, Legislative Representative
 
Friends Committee on National Legislation (Quakers)
 
Jenefer Ellingston
 
Green Party delegate
 
Matthew Evangelista, President White Professor of History and Political Science
 
Cornell University
 
Honorable Don M. Fraser
 
Former Member of Congress from MN
 
Susan Gordon, Director
 
Alliance for Nuclear Accountability
 
Lt. Gen. Robert Gard, USA, Ret., Chairman
 
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
 
Jonathan Granoff, President
 
Global Security Institute
 
Ambassador Robert Grey
 
Former US Representative to the Conference on Disarmament
 
Don Hancock, Director, Nuclear Waste Program
 
Southwest Research and Information Center
 
William D. Hartung, Director, Arms and Security Project
 
Center for International Policy
 
Katie Heald, Coordinator
 
Campaign for a Nuclear Weapons Free World
 
Ralph Hutchison, Coordinator
 
Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance
 
John Isaacs, Executive Director
 
Council for a Livable World
 
Marylia Kelley, Executive Director
 
Tri-Valley CAREs, Livermore
 
Daryl Kimball, Executive Director
 
Arms Control Association
 
Kevin Knobloch, President
 
Union of Concerned Scientists
 
Honorable Mike Kopetski
 
Former Member of Congress from OR
 
Don Kraus, Chief Executive Officer
 
Citizens for Global Solutions
 
David Krieger, President
 
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
 
Hans M. Kristensen, Director, Nuclear Information Project
 
Federation of American Scientists
 
Jan Lodal
 
Former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
 
Paul Kawika Martin, Political Director
 
Peace Action (formerly SANE/Freeze)
 
David B. McCoy, Executive Director
 
Citizen Action New Mexico
 
Mark Medish
 
Former NSC Senior Director
 
Marian Naranjo, Director
 
Honor Our Pueblo Existence (H.O.P.E.)
 
Sister Dianna Ortiz, OSU, Deputy Executive Director
 
Pax Christi USA
 
Christopher Paine, Nuclear Program Director
 
Natural Resources Defense Council
 
Bobbie Paul, Executive Director
 
Georgia WAND
 
Jon Rainwater, Executive Director
 
Peace Action West
 
Taylor Reese
 
Pax Christi USA
 
Susan Shaer, Executive Director
 
Women’s Action for New Directions
 
Karen Showalter, Executive Director
 
Americans for Informed Democracy
 
Nancy E. Soderberg, former Ambassador to the United Nations
 
and Deputy National Security Advisor
 
David C. Speedie, Director, U.S. Global Engagement Program
 
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
 
Carla Mae Streeter, OP
 
Aquinas Institute of Theology
 
Ann Suellentrop, Director
 
Physicians for Social Responsibilities-KC
 
Gerald Warburg, Professor of Public Policy
and co-author of arms control initiatives
 
Paul Walker, Director, Security and Sustainability
 
Global Green USA
 
Peter Wilk, MD, Executive Director
 
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)
 
Michael J. Wilson, National Director
 
Americans for Democratic Action
 
James E. Winkler, General Secretary
 
General Board of Church and Society
 
The United Methodist Church
 
 
 
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*Organizations listed for affiliation purposes only
 
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