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No ‘National Team’ For GBSD; Don’t Delay New ICBMs: Chris Miller

Posted by Chris Miller on


The absence of competition would remove cost pressure for both major contractors, which may be attractive for them but is unlikely to bode well for taxpayers.

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Boeing: Still Interested In GBSD, But RFP Changes Needed

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


“For now, we remain in source selection” for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent contract despite Boeing’s withdrawal, says a spokesperson for Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper.

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Sen. Hoeven: Fully Fund GBSD & Nuke Warhead Modernization

Posted by Sen. John Hoeven on


You don’t see lots of op-eds from members of the House or Senate appropriations committees. Why? The so-called cardinals — whose influence has slipped with the demise of regular budget order in the two chambers — remain among the most powerful figures on Capitol Hill because they have a greater say than most of their… Keep reading →

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New START’s Death May Up Costs of Triad Modernization

Posted by Theresa Hitchens on


In any post-New START nuclear buildup, Russia will “at least initially” have an edge over the US, says retired Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, former head of Air Force Global Strike Command.

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Don’t Delay GBSD ICBMs; It’s Too Risky

Posted by Mark Gunzinger on


Critics of modernizing the U.S. nuclear triad have called to delay or even terminate the GBSD. Their arguments do not make strategic, technical or economic sense.

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Navy Stands Up Columbia Submarine Office, Key to Nuclear Triad

Posted by Paul McLeary on


With new Columbia-class subs set to shoulder 70% of the nation’s nukes through the 2080s, the Navy is breaking it off from other sub programs.

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Trump Calls For Arms Control, Rips Own Defense Budget As “Crazy”

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump injected a fresh dose of uncertainty over defense spending Monday when he derided 2019’s defense budget — which he readily signed and has praised for months — as “Crazy!” The sharp turn in sentiment came in another dreaded early-morning presidential tweet that often shift the talking points for entire segments of… Keep reading →

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Next HASC Chair Targets Nuke Funding

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Rep. Adam Smith called into question the decades-old backbone of US nuclear policy, while calling for a “total redo” of the Nuclear Posture Review the Pentagon released earlier this year.

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Navy Rushes To Check Contractors After Submarine ‘Debacle’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The 12-hull, $128 billion Columbia class program is the Navy’s cornerstone project not only for a new class of submarines, but also for the United States’ nuclear triad, which relies on a mix of air, land, and sea-launched nuclear missiles.

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Inside America’s Aging Nuclear Missile Submarines

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


America’s nuclear deterrent is aging, with a half-dozen replacement programs on the horizon. But the young men and women who serve, Gen. John Hyten said, are better than ever: “They love this country. They want to defend this country. They go to work every day. They’re amazing — they’re smarter than we were, by far. They get motivated differently so you have to lead them differently, but their passion is just the same.”

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