misselFor the past five years, the Obama Administration has promised the American people a “nuclear-free future.”  In 2009, the Administration vowed to cut America’s cold war weaponry stockpile by one-third.  According to Loren Thompson, a contributor and writer for Forbes Magazine, the federal government has not only cut the budget pertaining to nuclear weapons, but they have also drastically reduced the budget for advances in any new kind of weaponry.  “In today’s technologically advanced society, other countries around the world are vamping up their old Cold War weaponry with new high tech missiles and arsenal while our federal government proposes to cut military spending back to pre-World War Two levels,” Supervisor Buster Johnson stated.  According to Thompson, the total amount proposed for any kind of weaponry in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget is very minimal compared to the grand scheme of things.  The $162 billion proposed in the upcoming budget amounts to 28% of the overall defense budget, a mere 4.6% of the federal budget, and less than 1% of the economy.  According to a report by the New York Times, China rose their military budget this past year by 12.2% while the United States is proposing military budget cuts that could exceed 10%.  “While China is spending money to modernize their weapon stockpile, our federal government is spending millions to downsize it,” Johnson stated. With the Chinese government pouring millions into their military program, the U.S. Defense Department anticipates China to have a completely modernized military force by 2020.  According to U.S. defense reports, China recently conducted a second test of its hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), known as the WU-14.  Their HGV is reported to have the ability to reach speeds in the vicinity of Mach 10 which is about 10 times the speed of sound. According to a spokesperson at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, China’s HGV could potentially allow them to develop a second-generation anti-ship ballistic missile warhead that is more maneuverable and more difficult to detect and counter.  According to a report done for Forbes Magazine, the U.S. is going in the opposite direction by drastically reducing the number of nuclear warheads from 25,000 in 1961 to 4,700 today and also not providing enough funds to advance and create new weaponry.  “While reducing our nuclear stockpile may seem like a great strategy given the destructive power each of these warheads can have, our nuclear strategy has always been deterrence,” Supervisor Johnson stated.  “Under this strategic concept, what matters is how many usable weapons America still has after it suffers a surprise attack,” Johnson continued.  Forbes magazine author Thompson explained America’s nuclear strategy by comparing it to the Republican’s policy on gun control.  “The fewer weapons there are in the force, the easier it will be to degrade U.S. capabilities in a first strike,” Thompson said.
While nobody likes the concept of nuclear weapons, the truth of the matter is they are out there.  According to the Federation of American Scientists, there are roughly 17,500 nuclear weapon stockpiles in the world.  In a report done by CNN, Russia has roughly 1,000 more nuclear warheads than the United States.  “While we may have more operational nukes than Russia, they could decide to revamp their nuclear reserve and make them operational.  If this were to happen, we could be in trouble,” Supervisor Johnson stated.  “With China developing weaponry that is far more advanced than ours, it is important that our military continue to be funded and develop high tech weaponry to protect us.  There are desperate people who will not hesitate to destroy our way of life.”