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James R. Schlesinger Professor of the Practice of Energy, National Security, and Foreign Policy


The substantial nuclear security budget cuts proposed by the Obama administration for fiscal year (FY) 2015, if approved, would slow progress toward preventing the essential ingredients of nuclear bombs from falling into terrorist hands. Many of the proposed cutbacks are not the result of completing projects under the four-year effort to secure vulnerable nuclear materials or putting the mixed oxide (MOX) fuel program for plutonium in cold standby. The drop in funding would result in real and significant cuts to important ongoing nuclear security programs. Congress should act to reduce the scale of the proposed cut for nuclear security programs by at least $100 million, and should consider other substantial increases in funding for nonproliferation programs.


Bunn, Matthew, Nickolas Roth and William H. Tobey. "Cutting Too Deep: The Obama Administration’s Proposals for Nuclear Security Spending Reductions." Report for Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, July 2014.