Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that make up part of the American nuclear deterrent remain critical to national security. ICBMs ensure an adversary’s objectives are beyond reach because they are on alert and cannot be destroyed by conventional forces. The U.S. is not able to continue sustaining its Cold War ICBM force much longer because it is antiquated and hard to maintain. Thus, the Air Force will develop a new missile as part of the ground-based strategic deterrent program. A new ICBM is an expensive but essential investment that will prevent a potential aggressor from launching a nuclear first strike and ensure these fearsome weapons are never used. I have written a commentary for The National Interest here.
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