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The U.S. Nuclear Weapon Agenda is Dangerous and Expensive

The U.S. Nuclear Weapon Agenda is Dangerous and Expensive


President Trump’s nuclear strategy not only increases the likelihood of nuclear conflict but also incurs a tremendous financial cost.

In the News:

  • “President Donald Trump’s aggressive push to expand America’s nuclear arsenal comes at a time of soaring tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Peace groups have warned repeatedly over the past several months that if diplomacy isn’t pursued immediately, a ‘nuclear nightmare’ could quickly break out.” Jake Johnson. Common Dreams. 2018
  • Additionally, the cost of maintaining and modernizing U.S. nuclear forces is projected to cost at least $1.2 trillion over 30 years, drastically increasing U.S. defense spending.

Insights from Peace Science

  • The U.S.’s overwhelming military capabilities and the presence of U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula are primary motivators for North Korea’s nuclear program.
  • Increased military spending leads to slower economic growth.
    • Over a 20-year period, a 1% increase in military spending will decrease economic growth by 9%.


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