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Frank Kendall: Nuclear Program Funds Could Face ‘Big Challenge’ in the 2020s

Frank Kendall
Frank Kendall

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has said the military’s nuclear modernization efforts could face funding issues in the coming years, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

Sydney Freedberg Jr. writes that the service branches want nuclear program funds to come from outside their own budgets.

“It’s a big challenge in the ’20s in particular. When we get out to the [20]20s, a lot of things have to be paid for at the same time,” Kendall told reporters at the recent Air Force Association conference.

Freedburg writes those programs include the U.S. Navy nuclear missile submarines and Trident missile replacement, as well as the U.S. Air Force‘s Minuteman missile and bomber aircraft.

According to Freedburg, funds for the nuclear mission could come from either the U.S. Army‘s budget share or agencies within the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

“Changing the accounting system doesn’t really change that fundamental requirement,” Kendall said.

“We still need the money and it has to come from somewhere.”

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