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.
Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska