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More ways of reducing the nuclear stockpile are being considered by the Pentagon, including rethinking the doctrine of having nuclear weapons on land, in the sea, and in the air.
The Expense of Nuclear Weapons
Nuclear weapons are expensive to build and maintain, costing American taxpayers billions of dollars. This chart shows just how much the United States is expected to spend on nuclear weapons over the next decade.
The Nuclear Calendar
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Stories & Successes
Earlier this year, over 120 governments and 15 international and national organizations came together to discuss the humanitarian impact nuclear weapons have. Even though the United States and other nuclear powers did not participate, it is a significant, symbolic step from the international community in the movement towards abolition.
Rep. Ed Markey (MA) reintroduced the H.R. 1506, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act last month. This bill recognizes the bloated and unnecessary nuclear weapons expenditures of U.S. policy, and offers smart, concrete ways to save more than $100 billion over the next decade.
An emerging consensus among U.S. congressional and world leaders has been growing. As the cost of maintaining nuclear weapons has gone up, more leaders are questioning the necessity of keeping thousands of nuclear warheads in the U.S. stockpile.
FCNL Statement of Legislative Policy
"We believe that nations must move toward comprehensive disarmament. We urge the elimination of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
We also advocate that the United States take unilateral steps toward its own disarmament, believing that other nations will respond affirmatively to this example. The risks of disarmament are far smaller than the risks involved in the current course of weapons stockpiling and development."