• CBO finds total price tag marks 25% increase from previous estimate
  • Nuclear Posture Review under way and expected by end of the year

The cost of the US nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years will be over $1.2tn, even before any new weapons ordered by the Trump administration, and is unlikely to be affordable without cuts elsewhere in the defence budget, according to a independent congressional report.

Related: Trump team drawing up fresh plans to bolster US nuclear arsenal

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