2014-11-14T152549Z_3_LYNXNPEAAD0S8_RTROPTP_2_USA-NUCLEAR

Pentagon says billions needed for neglected U.S. nuclear force

U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel speaks at a news briefing to announce reforms to the nuclear enterprise at the Pentagon in WashingtonBy Bill Trott and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Billions of dollars are needed in the next five years to ensure the security and effectiveness of the ageing U.S. nuclear deterrent, the Pentagon said on Friday, after reviews found evidence of neglect during years of conventional warfare. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, announcing an overhaul of the system, said Americans had never been endangered. “We have just kind of taken our eye off the ball here…(but) there’s nothing here we can’t fix,” he said. …

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