US weapons for future include key relics of past
By ROBERT BURNS
AP National Security Writer
Jan. 28, 2012
Laicie Olson, senior policy analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, said in an interview Friday that she was surprised, given Obama’s commitment to reducing the number of nuclear weapons, that the administration is not using its 2013 defense budget to take substantial steps in that direction.
“All of these things are sticking around,” she said, referring also to the U-2 spy plane, which was to have been retired in 2015 and replaced by a high-tech successor, the Global Hawk, which is flown without a pilot aboard.
Preserving such Cold War-era weapons “actually seems like the opposite of what the president set out to do,” she said.
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