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Atomic Audit: The Hidden Costs of Our Nuclear Arsenal

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 >>


Analysis and Commentary


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

Panelists include


John Pike

Director, Space Policy Project, Federation of American Scientists


Kevin O’Neill

Deputy Director, Institute for Science and International Security


Steven M. Kosiak

Director of Budget Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments


William J. Weida

Project Director, Global Resource Action Center for the Environment

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