Letter to the Editor

Military modernization

Friday, June 29, 2012

Dear Editor,

In his column on June 5, Dick Trail incorrectly asserted that the current Administration has cut the defense budget in ways that will negatively impact military modernization. Sen. Ben Nelson, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, provides the following information for readers. As part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization bill, key modernization programs within the nation's nuclear complex are being funded as laid out in the agreement reached to pass the New START treaty in December 2010.

The bill provides $7.6 billion for nuclear modernization. It provides up to $4.2 billion for construction of a new uranium processing facility and up to $3.7 billion for a Chemical, Metallurgy and Radiological replacement facility.

Furthermore, the bill includes language affirming that the Armed Services Committee is committed to honoring the nuclear modernization commitments made under the New START Treaty.


Jake Thompson

Communications Director

Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska

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  • Once again Dick Trail is correct but addresses the problem in the wrong way. Big Ben just doesn't know how to deal with the truth, he has been far removed from his Nebr. roots too long. Check to see what the Marines are going to have to do with the budget cuts, they are cutting Sqaudrons and troops. The Navy is cutting the number of ships they really need, the Army is cutting their divisions. Sorry Dick but the Airforce, well who knows what they will do but you know they will justify hanging onto anything they can dream up.

    -- Posted by geewhiz on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 3:03 PM
  • Keep up the good work Dick and tell the truth. It is nice that GeeWhiz made his input, I just received an email today about the terrible cuts the Marines are going to have to make with the budget cuts so Uncle Ben is speaking with a forked tongue again. (Still)

    -- Posted by Oh what a wonderful day on Thu, Jul 5, 2012, at 3:07 PM
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