Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says billions of dollars are needed for emergency fixes to nuclear weapons in silos, submarines and storage facilities. At a Pentagon briefing today, Hagel acknowledged, “The reviews found evidence of systematic problems, if not addressed could undermine the safety, security and effectiveness of the elements of the forces in the future. These problems include manning, infrastructure and skill deficiencies. Today’s New York Times calls the Pentagon review a “searing indictment” of how America’s nuclear arsenal has been allowed to decay since the end of the Cold War. David Sanger co-authored the story.
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