As far as nuclear weapons are concerned, politics trumps the Budget Control Act.
While the U.S. military faces budget cuts of nearly $500 billion over the next decade, spending on nuclear weapons and delivery systems is expected to soar, according to analysts.
Even though the United States plans to reduce the number of deployed nuclear warheads, as per the terms of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, it intends to modernize land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, and build new submarines and long-range bombers to deliver nuclear weapons. The Obama administration also is seeking funds to update existing warheads and modernize tactical nuclear weapons that currently are stored in Europe.
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