Nearly everything about America’s armed forces has been debated since 1776, from the mission and size of the military to which governments should have responsibility for fielding and supporting an army and navy. Some of those debates were resolved by the Constitution, others by the experience of World War II. But from the earliest days until today, Americans have agreed that our armed forces should be under civilian command . . . and provided solely by government.
Since World War II the federal government has researched, regulated, and managed nuclear production and disposal. If you’ve benefited from nuclear power and nuclear medicine but never lived in fear of radiation poisoning, you can thank government for it.