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

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

Context:

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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