U.S. Air Force's nuclear-capable bomber force, including the B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 shown in an undated photo. Air Force
CNBC: Why a $1 trillion endeavor to modernize the US nuclear arsenal could get more bipartisan support
President Donald Trump has made modernizing the nation's nuclear arsenal a top priority. Now, after years of being put on the sidelines, threats from abroad and congressional hearings scheduled for Wednesday could further highlight the need to update the country's weapons technology.
"Essentially, after the Cold War we took a vacation from modernizing the nuclear deterrent," said Michaela Dodge, a policy analyst specializing in nuclear weapons policy at Heritage Foundation's Center for National Defense.
A week after taking office, Trump instructed Secretary of Defense James Mattis to initiate a new Nuclear Posture Review, focusing on current and future needs and whether it is "appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies." The last such review was issued in 2010 and concluded "Russia and the United States are no longer adversaries" and also discussed "the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran."
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WNU Editor: I see very little opposition from Congress on modernising the country's nuclear arsenal. My prediction .... there will be bi-partisan support for this upgrade.