Rear Admiral David Johnson recently reported that the Navy is in the process of developing the next generation of the Trident nuclear submarines, according to the Kitsap Sun.
The newspaper reports, “Development and design work have begun. The Navy received $497.4 million in research and development funding in the fiscal year 2010 budget for what’s called the SSBN(X) program, and requested $672.3 million more in FY2011. The first boat is expected to cost $6 billion to $7 billion, with the ensuing ones possibly dipping to $5 billion, according to a congressional report.” Sub Base Bangor on the Hood Canal manages nine nuclear submarines, each with 24 D-5 missiles and six warheads with 20 times the explosives of the Hiroshima bombs.
At a time when the world resources are dwindling and the national infrastructure is deteriorating, at a time that our security is seriously threatened by climate collapse, the military is wasting resources, money, and threatening life on earth.