As the GOP candidates for President prepare to hold their second debate on foreign policy in Washington D.C. tonight, the American Values Network and the American Security Project are airing an ad on CNN aimed at raising awareness about the hundreds of billions of dollars that the U.S. plans to spend on nuclear weapons in the coming decades.
Some of this spending is necessary, but a significant portion is designed to confront Cold War-era threats that no longer exist at price tag that is unaffordable. High-ranking military leaders have repeatedly expressed concerns about the cost of current plans, and are looking for ways to find budget savings. As the ad notes, we ought to be particularly mindful of the damage that current nuclear spending plans could do to more vital defense priorities.
Our national security will be better served by investing in capabilities that are more relevant to the current threat environment – while still allowing the US to maintain a survivable and credible deterrent.
For more information about the ad, see here.