Sputnik News – September 27, 2016
Faced with an aging stockpile of missiles, bombers, and submarines, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has pledged to spend roughly $108 billion to update the US’ atomic arsenal.
The United States’ nuclear triad relies on its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), cruise missiles, and aircraft and submarines to deliver nuclear payloads. On Monday, Carter indicated that the Pentagon plans to spend hundreds of billions of dollars over the next five years to modernize these units. “The confidence that you’re ready to respond is what stops potential adversaries from using nuclear weapons against the United States or our allies in the first place,” he said, according to Military.com. His comments came amid a tour of Minot Air Force Base, where he examined the facility’s underground stockpile of 150 Minuteman III ICBMs.