U.S. plans to allocate $14 bln for nuclear weapons programs

U.S. plans to allocate $14 bln for nuclear weapons programs

The Pentagon is asking for $718 billion dollars in its budget for the fiscal year 2020, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Elaine McCusker said, presenting the Pentagon's defense budget.

The $718 billion budget is comprised of a base budget of $544 billion, with an additional $164 billion dedicated to overseas contingency operations.

"The request for funds directed at modernization of the nuclear force totals $14 billion and includes $712 million for long-range standoff weaponry, $3 billion for the B-21 Bomber, $570 million for ground-based strategic deterrent, $2.2 billion for the Columbia-class submarine, and $2.5 billion for enhanced nuclear command, control and communications capabilities," according to the U.S. Department of Defence website.

The request also allocates $13.6 billion to missile-defeat and defense systems.

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