Detailed information about any aspect of nuclear weapons is never easy to get but easier in the United States than anywhere else. The graph and figures below, published in 1996, give some indication of the scale of the enterprise and the comparative government expenditure on other areas.

According to to this "Atomic Audit," since 1940 the United States has spent close to $5.5 trillion - in constant 1996 dollars on its nuclear weapons and weapons-related programs. The figure does not include an estimated $320 billion for future and some present costs for the storage and disposal of nuclear wastes and weapons.

Distributed evenly to everyone in the United States, the cost of nuclear weapons comes to $21,646 per person.

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