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SOURCE: NUCLEAR THREAT INITIATIVE
Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg: America's Nuclear Arsenal Can Stand on Just Two Legs
It's one of the delicious ironies of the Barack Obama presidency that a man who came into office with lofty talk on nuclear nonproliferation would oversee the biggest modernization of the U.S. arsenal since the Cold War. His administration kick-started a $1 trillion nuclear upgrade initiative that, among other things, will refurbish eight major weapons labs and prolong the lives of the Pentagon's most important tactical nuclear bomb and submarine-based warhead.
For those of us who think there are more pressing issues than who gets to use what bathroom in North Carolina, this update is a legacy worth championing.
However, it is possible to have too much of a necessary thing. Case in point is a new plan by the Air Force to spend $62 billion for research and development of new nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles to replace the aging Minuteman IIIs now in silos in the northern Great Plains.
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WNU editor: America's nuclear triad is here to stay .... at least for now.