By Walter Pincus
The United States isn’t leading by example on the nonproliferation front.
It’s increasing spending across the board on its nuclear weapons.
President Obama’s budget for fiscal 2016 seeks $8.8 billion for the nuclear weapons programs run by the National Nuclear Security Administration. That figure is up almost 10.5 percent from this year’s congressionally approved figure and is projected to continue to grow.
By 2020, the NNSA’s spending on nuclear weapons activities would hit $9.8 billion, according to the agency’s budget projections. That’s high for any administration.