Pentagon to increase control over nuclear weapons funding under Senate proposal

Defense News: The Senate Armed Services Committee has proposed a radical change to how the nuclear weapons budget is formed every year, one which would give the Department of Defense a far stronger hand in crafting the funding for nuclear issues.

The language, contained in section 3111 of the SASC’s proposed National Defense Authorization Act, would insert the Pentagon-led Nuclear Weapons Council into the budget development of the National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency within the Department of Energy that has oversight of America’s nuclear warheads.

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