Jun 30

Live Event

Atomic Audit: The Hidden Costs of Our Nuclear Arsenal

Summary

In conjunction with the publication of a new Brookings book, Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940, the Brookings Institution held an important briefing on the previously unknown costs of U.S. nuclear weapons.

  • How much has the United States spent on its nuclear arsenal and what is it spending today?
  • How were U.S. nuclear weapons requirements determined?
  • Did civilian and military leaders understand the full costs of nuclear weapons?
  • What are the environmental and public health costs of nuclear weapons?
  • What can India and Pakistan learn from the U.S. experience with nuclear weapons?
See also the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Project >>

Event Agenda

  • Analysis and Commentary

    • America's Plans for War against the Soviet Union, 1945-1950, " itemprop="jobTitle" /> Admiral Harry W. Hill

      Professor of Maritime Strategy, National War College; Author, "The Origins of Overkill: Nuclear Weapons and American Strategy, 1945-1960"; "American Atomic Strategy and the Hydrogen Bomb Decision"; Co-editor, America's Plans for War against the Soviet Union, 1945-1950

    • David Alan Rosenberg

      Associate Professor of History, Temple University

  • Panelists include

    • Arjun Makhijani

      President, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research

    • John Pike

      Director, Space Policy Project, Federation of American Scientists

    • Kevin O'Neill

      Deputy Director, Institute for Science and International Security

    • Robert S. Norris

      Senior Staff Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council

    • Stephen I. Schwartz

      Guest Scholar and Director, U.S. Nuclear Weapons Cost Study Project, The Brookings Institution; Editor, Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940

    • Steven M. Kosiak

      Director of Budget Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

    • Thomas S. Blanton

      Co-author of Atomic Audit

    • William Burr

      Co-author of Atomic Audit

    • William J. Weida

      Project Director, Global Resource Action Center for the Environment

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