Top U.S. Nuclear Commander Will Push to Put Bombers Back on Alert if U.S. Dumps ICBMs
America’s top nuclear commander told lawmakers Tuesday that he would push to put US nuclear-capable bombers on alert if the military lost its intercontinental ballistic missiles.
As some lawmakers question the need to invest in nuclear modernization programs like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, a replacement for the aging Minuteman III ICBM force, the head of US Strategic Command is arguing in favor of moving forward with the modernization plans and against cutting the ICBM force.
STRATCOM commander Adm. Charles Richard has argued previously that a failure to modernize and replace what the US has now is essentially disarmament in the face of a growing threat. Russia has its own nuclear triad, and China is developing a functional triad. https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/05/top-u-s-nuclear-commander-will-push-to-put-bombers-back-on-alert-if-u-s-dumps-icbms/