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Gen. Stephen Wilson: Air Force Seeks Budget Stability to Modernize Nuclear Triad

Gen. Stephen Wilson, vice chief of staff at the U.S. Air Force, has said the military service’s leaders believe the branch must have funding stability to provide airmen with equipment needed to modernize the nuclear triad. He discussed the service branch’s plans to boost the nuclear triad’s flexibility, responsiveness, survivability and visibility at a Mitchell …

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CNN: DoD Deploys Radar to Monitor North Korean Missile Activity

The Defense Department has deployed a new radar designed to monitor potential North Korean long-range-missile launches in the coming months, CNN reported Thursday. Barbara Starr writes the sea-based X-band radar was launched in response to North Korean statements of readiness to test-launch intercontinental ballistic missiles. North Korea made an announcement in …

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GAO Outlines DoD’s Planned Nuclear Force Structure Under Arms Reduction Treaty With Russia

The Defense Department plans to retain 240 submarine-launched ballistic missiles, 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles and 60 heavy bombers as part DoD’s New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. The Government Accountability Office said Thursday DoD considered nuclear force reductions as part of reviews after the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review such as the 2013 Strategic Choices Management Review and DoD’s …

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CAPE Director Jamie Morin: Minuteman III ICBM Replacement Cost Could Exceed DoD’s $85B Estimate

Jamie Morin, director of cost assessment and program evaluation at the Defense Department, has described $85 billion as a low cost estimate for the replacement platform of Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles in an interview with Breaking Defense posted Thursday. Sydney Freedberg writes Morin said CAPE provided both low and high estimates for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program in …

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Deborah Lee James: More Assessment Needed Before DoD’s Final Cost Estimate for Nuclear Modernization

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James believes the Defense Department needs more room for evaluation before it can finalize the cost estimate on the effort to modernize the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile arsenal, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday. John Harper writes DoD’s Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Office estimated the cost of the …

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