INF Treaty:

Cost of Weapon Systems To Be Destroyed and Possible Savings

NSIAD-88-141FS: Published: Mar 24, 1988. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 1988.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding the fiscal impact of the proposed Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, focusing on the: (1) costs of implementing the treaty; (2) total program costs associated with the missile systems proposed for destruction; and (3) estimated savings.

GAO found that the: (1) proposed treaty requires the United States to destroy 178 Pershing IA missiles, 247 Pershing II missiles, 442 Ground Launched Cruise Missiles (GLCM), their launchers, and specified support facilities and training equipment; (2) total program costs through fiscal year (FY) 1987 for the Pershing II and GLCM were $2.6 billion and $3.45 billion, respectively; (3) Air Force has identified over $550 million in equipment for reuse and $50 million in funding that it will recover because of project cancellations under INF; (4) Department of Defense estimates that INF could save $219 million in FY 1988 and $240 million in FY 1989 for the Pershing II and GLCM programs; and (5) Army estimated that INF could save $1,223 million from the Pershing Program through FY 1995.

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