Recent Reports and Publications
on Establish the Full Costs of
Being a Nuclear State
Brookings Institution. Atomic Audit. The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940. This unprecedented report established that the cumulative cost of U.S. nuclear weapons is nearly $5.5 trillion (in constant 1996 dollars). When the average estimated future-year costs for dismantling of nuclear weapons and the management and disposal of nuclear waste are included, the total rises to more than $5.8 trillion. That amount of money, represented as a stack of $1 bills, would stretch more than 459,000 miles, to the Moon and nearly back again.