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Trillion-Dollar Tab to Renew U.S. Nuclear Triad to Be Reviewed

  • Congressional Budget Office assessing the 30-year expenses
  • CBO report would help frame debate over modernizing arsenal
LOUDON, NH - SEPTEMBER 25: A B-52 bomber flys over the track during pre-race activities prior to the start of the Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 25, 2011 in Loudon, New Hampshire.
Photographer: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR

A projected trillion-dollar price tag to upgrade, support and maintain the U.S.’s three-legged nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years is likely to be confirmed in a new assessment now under way by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

The project to modernize the air-land-sea triad of nuclear weapons was initiated under former President Barack Obama. It’s been endorsed by President Donald Trump, who’s now focused on pressuring North Korea to give up its expanding nuclear arsenal. He tweeted before taking office that “the United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”