The US government has announced it will be making its first atomic bombs available to the US military and civilian personnel during the 2018 fiscal year.
The move comes as US President Donald Trump is preparing to sign an executive order to increase funding for the Pentagon, which is facing budget shortfalls due to a $10 billion budget cut from Trump’s first budget, and to cut the military budget by almost a third.
“The US has a clear choice: we can spend more or we can invest more in the military,” said Gen. John Kelly, director of the US Strategic Command.
“This is not about spending more.
This is about investing in the future.”
Trump has promised to boost the military’s budget by more than $1 trillion.
He has called the military the “ultimate weapon of war” that can take out a country.
Kelly told reporters the military could have an order for 100 atomic bombs, which would cost $1.5 trillion.
He added that the Pentagon was working on an “unprecedented” amount of weapons.
According to the Pentagon website, the US has stockpiled more than 200,000 atomic bombs since the second world war.
It would take the US around four years to produce 100,000 bombs, Kelly said.
A nuclear weapon costs between $1 and $1,000 per kilogram, meaning the United States would need to produce more than 1,500 bombs to meet the US needs, the Pentagon said.
Trump has repeatedly called for a reduction in the US nuclear arsenal, which he said was an impediment to global security.