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Vice Adm. Terry Benedict: Navy, Air Force Eye Common Ballistic Missile Acquisition Strategy

MissileDefenseThe U.S. Navy wants to collaborate with the U.S. Air Force to find a commonality in the military branches’ plans to modernize their nuclear-armed missile systems, Breaking Defense reported Friday.

“There’s absolute consensus at the leadership level to begin that work,” Vice Adm. Terry Benedict, director of strategic systems programs at the Navy, was quoted as saying.

The Air Force has already begun to gather industry’s feedback on a program to replace the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile technology with a ground-based strategic deterrence platform, according to Breaking Defense.air-force-tile-ad

The Navy also seeks to replace its Trident submarine-launched ballistic missiles but has not yet launched a formal acquisition program, the report said.

Benedict told the publication both services will have to examine whether they can still continue their missions if they reconcile ballistic missile requirements.

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