Calls to modernize the United States’ aging nuclear triad are growing stronger. The legacy systems will reach retirement age in about the next decade.
- Col. Mark Gunzinger (USAF, ret.), director at The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and former deputy assistant secretary of defense, said a survey from his organization of Democratic and Republican likely voters found 91% of respondents thought modernizing the United States’ nuclear deterrent system should be a priority for the Defense Department.
- Gunzinger said the nuclear triad will soon face security and survivability problems and must be updated to provide warfighters with the capabilities needed to deter threats.
- Gunzinger said modernizing the entire triad would cost about 3.7% of the defense budget.
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