Estimated 1998 Spending on U.S. Nuclear Weapons and Weapons-Related Programs

The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Project was completed in August 1998 and resulted in the book Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 edited by Stephen I. Schwartz. These project pages should be considered historical.
(in billions of current dollars) 1

  • Department of Defense

    • Strategic nuclear forces — $7.5
    • Tactical nuclear and dual-capable forces — $1.0
    • Command, control, communications, and intelligence — $6.0
    • Operation and maintenance — $4.0
    • Research and development — $.400
    • Defense Special Weapons Agency — $.300
  • Department of Energy

    • Stockpile Stewardship and Management Program — $4.3
    • Other defense programs (safeguards and security, intelligence,
      verification and arms control technology, nonproliferation,
      security investigations, fissile material control and disposition,
      worker transition) — $.968
    • Naval nuclear propulsion — $.335
    Subtotal operational nuclear forces — $24.8


  • Department of Defense

    • Defense Environmental Restoration Account — $.500

  • Department of Energy

 

  • Department of Justice

Radiation Exposure Compensation Act payments —$.030