Misguided Concerns about “Modernization”

December 10, 2010
David Wright
Former contributor

UCS organized a press briefing last Friday to explain why the current focus on “modernizing” U.S. nuclear weapons is misguided. The briefers were Dick Garwin, Lisbeth Gronlund, and Stephen Young. A summary of the main points are available here.

An op-ed on the same topic ran today in The Hill’s “Congress Blog.”

Excerpts:

What really matters is not how modern the technology is but whether the weapons are reliable, safe from accidental detonation and secure from unauthorized nuclear detonation.

[E]ven with adequate funds it is critical that the labs get their priorities right. It is especially important that large capital expenditures do not displace the funding needed to sustain a high-quality staff and to conduct the stockpile surveillance inspections and analysis necessary to evaluate the state of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.