nov 20, 2007
THE Bush administration has spent almost $100 million on a highly classified program to help Pakistan secure its nuclear weapons.
Over the past six years, the US has paid for an array of equipment from night-vision goggles to helicopters and nuclear detection equipment, in order to protect Pakistan's nuclear material, warheads, and laboratories.
According to the New York Times, the nuclear aid program was buried in a secret portion of the federal budget.
However, the cooperation for nuclear protection has also suffered from mutual suspicions.
The Bush administration did not share an advanced form of nuclear protection technology, known as permissive action links, or PALS, because of legal restrictions.
The Pakistanis on the other hand, were suspicious that any US-made technology in their warheads could include a secret kill switch, enabling the Americans to turn off their weapons at any time.
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