U.S. Nuclear Weapons Programs Expenditures for FY 2022 (Tax Year 2021) = $76,620,000,000!

Pictured above: Dr. Bob Dodge presents an over-sized “check” to Ventura County in the amount of tax dollars it spent on nuclear weapons in 1989. Dr. Dodge has continued these calculations every year since.

Every April, Dr. Bob Dodge, President of PSR-LA’s Board, calculates the full cost of all nuclear weapons programs to our communities.

For FY 2022, Los Angeles County will spend $2,289.940,118 on nuclear weapons programs, and the city of Los Angeles will spend $945,381,470! These are tax dollars much better spent on human needs. Now more than ever, we must change our national priorities and invest in critical needs for our survival, not deadly weapons that must never be used.

You can learn how to calculate individual or community costs below. A table with costs for major cities throughout the United States, as well as source references, is also provided.


Individual Tax Costs
In 2022, the average cost of nuclear weapons development to every man, every woman, even every child in the United States was $231. This is based on a national per capita average annual income of $35,384. If your income is different from this, you can calculate your income modifier by dividing your income by the national average. For example: your income $ / $35,384.00 = your modifier. Multiply this modifier by $231 to get your tax contribution to nuclear weapons programs this year. Your modifier x $231 = your nuclear weapons tax contribution.

Community Tax Costs
You can calculate the cost of nuclear arms to your community using the following formula:
$231 X pcim X your population = community cost. To determine pcim (per capita income multiplier) for your community, refer to source 8 listed below. Find per capita income for your county, divide by national per capita income ($35,384.00) – i.e. average per capita income in your county divided by national per capita average ($35,384.00) = pcim for your county. Population figures for your community can also be found in source 8.  If you want help calculating the cost for your community, reach out to Alex at [email protected]



NAE: Nuclear Average Expense

PCI: Per Capita Income

FI: Federal Income (average per capita)

PCIM: Per Capita Income Modifier (local)

PCNT: Per Capita Nuclear Tax (Local)

FY 2022 NWC resources

  1. DOE/NNSA Weapons Work – $16.9 –  https://armscontrolcenter.org/final-summary-fiscal-year-2022-defense-and-energy-water-development-appropriations-bills-h-r-2471/
  2. DOD Delivery Systems – $27.7 – https://armscontrolcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/FY22-Defense-Budget.pdf
  3. Missile Defeat and Destroy – $20.4 billion – https://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/defbudget/FY2022/FY2022_Budget_Request_Overview_Book.pdf pg 2-14
  4. Environmental Cleanup/Legacy – $6.48 billion – https://www.armed-services.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY22%20NDAA%20Agreement%20Summary.pdf pg 18
  5. NNSA Non-proliferation – $1.9 billion – https://armscontrolcenter.org/final-summary-fiscal-year-2022-defense-and-energy-water-development-appropriations-bills-h-r-2471/
  6. Nuclear Command Control and Communication (NC3) – $2.9 billion – https://comptroller.defense.gov/Portals/45/Documents/defbudget/FY2022/FY2022_Budget_Request_Overview_Book.pdf pg 2-13
  7. CTR (Nunn/Lugar) -$340 million – https://www.armed-services.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/FY22%20NDAA%20Agreement%20Summary.pdf  pg 16
  8. S. Census Quick Facts – https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/US