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Russia conducted its first flight test of the RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, the “Satan 2,” last month. Brad Bowman, senior director at the Center on Military and Political Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, writes that this underscores the need for the United States to modernize its nuclear triad.

  • The Sarmat, with a reported range of 18,000 kilometers and features for evading missile defense systems, is designed to hold the American homeland at risk, said Bowman, a former national security advisor.
  • He said the United States plans to replace the Minuteman III, around 50 years old, with the LGM-35A Sentinel Ground Based Strategic Deterrent and to continue testing the Minuteman III.
  • The U.S. cancelled a test in March in fear of provoking Putin, but military leaders are saying tests need to move forward, Bowman said.

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