The Ploughshares Fund, a treasonous organization seeking America’s unilateral nuclear disarmament, lies everyday about America’s nuclear weapons to mislead the public and policymakers and thus achieve its treasonous goal.
The only problem is that it’s a complete falsehood, just like everything else Ploughshares says.
Ploughshares bases its false claim on a paper recently released by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), wrongly titled the “FY2015 Weapons Systems Factbook.”
Unfortunately for Ploughshares and other leftist groups seeking America’s unilateral disarmament, the data in the so-called “Factbook” do not support their contention at all. The data contained therein UTTERLY DISPROVE Ploughshares’ claim.
US nuclear weapons and the platforms (delivery systems) being designed for them are NOT crushing or siphoning money away from ANYTHING, and their budgets are far from being bloated.
Specifically, the CSBA’s “Factbook” goes through every major DOD weapons program, from the F-35, to the Long Range Strike Bomber, to the planned replacement of America’s aging ballistic missile subs, to space launch vehicles, to the V-22 Osprey. The “Factbook” says how much the DOD has already invested in each of these programs and how much more will it need to spend on each to bring them to completion (i.e. to procure the weapon quantities currently envisaged).
In simple words, how much will it cost to build the weapons the DOD plans to build?
The CSBA’s “Factbook” isn’t really a factbook, because it significantly OVERSTATES the projected cost of the Long Range Strike Bomber and Ohio class replacement programs while significantly low-balling the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s cost. (This comes as no surprise, given that the Factbook’s main author is Todd Harrison, who has been proven wrong on budgetary issues time after time.)
But for simplicity’s sake, let’s use the Factbook’s numbers. Do they support Ploughshares’ claim that nuclear weapon delivery platforms are “crushing” or squeezing conventional weapon programs?
The CSBA’s “Factbook” says the DOD will need to invest $73 bn to develop and build 100 stealthy bombers and $90 bn to build replacements for America’s current, obsolete, noisy, and ageing ballistic missile subs (SSBNs).
That’s $163 bn in total, per the CSBA “Factbook.”
But by far the costliest DOD weapons program right now (and ever) is the utterly failed F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a program aiming to develop and procure a fleet of partially stealthy, short-ranged, slow, sluggish, unmaneuverable, underpowered, poorly armed, useless “strike fighters” designed for strikes against massive Soviet tank armies in Germany – a threat that no longer exists. It is now intended by the USAF to fight enemy aircraft and go into airspace protected by modern SAM systems – missions it is utterly incapable of performing.
The F-35 is also short-ranged, with a combat radius of about 1,800-1,900 kms at most, meaning that, like other US fighters, it would need to use bases close to potential adversary countries – bases that are well within the range of enemy medium range ballistic and cruise missiles.
Per CSBA’s Factbook, the F-35 has already cost taxpayers $100 bn and will cost another $251.3 bn in the coming years to complete the program.
That is $88.3 bn more than the cost of the long-range strike bomber and new ballistic missile submarine programs COMBINED!
In other words, if the DOD cancelled the useless F-35 Junk Strike Fighter, it could pay the entire cost of both the new bomber and the new ballistic missile sub programs COMBINED and still make a saving of $88.3 bn!
“Oh, but other dastardly nuclear weapon programs will siphon more money”, Ploughshares will claim.
No, they won’t. The other nuclear weapon programs the DOD has in store, the Trident II missile and the B61 nuclear bomb toolkit, will cost $5.6 bn and $1.2 bn, respectively, a total of $6.8 bn. Paying for them from savings generated by F-35 cancellation would still leave the DOD with a saving of $81.7 bn!
In fact, if the DOD simply cancelled the F-35 program, it could pay for upgrading F-15s and F-16s, prolonging their service lives by decades, building all the planned 100 stealthy long range bombers and 12 replacements for Ohio class submarines, for the Trident missile, for B61 modernization, for the KC-46 tanker, the V-22 Osprey, the Virginia class of attack submarines, and dozens of other weapon programs – and still have healthy savings left.
(Speaking of the V-22 Osprey, can’t the CH-46 do the job?)
So contrary to Ploughshares’ and other anti-nuke hacks claims, no, the Long Range Strike Bomber and the Ohio class replacement will NOT crush conventional weapon programs. The F-35 Junk Strike Fighter will.
The proverbial elephant in the room is the F-35.
Moreover, the Long Range Strike Bomber will be as much a conventional weapon platform as a nuclear one. It is needed for both conventional and (if need be) nuclear strike. It is needed because America’s potential foes (Russia, China, Syria, Venezuela, and even Iran and North Korea) possess such sophisticated air defense systems (especially the first three countries) that America’s nonstealthy bombers (B-52s and B-1s) can’t go into their airspace, and B-2’s stealth technology is 1980s vintage. Moreover, the USAF has only 20 B-2s – way too little for any effective campaign against even a mid-sized adversary.
The need for the LRSB has been irrefutably proven time and again – first by none other than the CSBA.
So Ploughshares, once again, has been completely refuted. ALL of their claims have been disproven once again. All of their claims are blatant lies, pure and simple.