The Commander of the United States Strategic Command Adm. Charles Richard communicated a new intercontinental ballistic missile would be procured by the Pentagon and replacing Cold War-era weapons is not an appropriate choice. Richard told journalists on January 5 at a Zoom conference facilitated by the Defense Writers Group, “You can’t stretch the Minuteman 3 life.” Nuclear deterrent and cybersecurity are the responsibility of United States Strategic Command, headquartered at the Offutt Air Force, Nebraska. Richard’s remarks came in response to demands for the Biden leadership to rethink a major Pentagon deployment in the intercontinental ballistic missile Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD).
The GBSD is the follow-up to the Minuteman 3 ICBM that first went into service in the year 1970. Northrop Grumman was given a $13.3 billion deal to build the GBSD for the next 7 years by the Air Force in the month of September. For the next twenty years, the initiative will spend billions of dollars. The Biden government is scheduled to evaluate the Pentagon’s nuclear weapons expenditures and plans for development in the next year. Biden has been advised by a group of radical anti-war think tanks to make drastic cuts in the military budget and propose ending GBSD. Richard confirmed he welcomed the Biden analysis but claimed that it was unfair to want to save funds by renovating the Minuteman 3.
“I don’t honestly comprehend how anyone in a think tank who does not really have first-hand on the missile is competent to assess such suggestions,” Richard stated, pointing at the parts and cables as well as all the pieces inside. The Minuteman 3, he maintained, is beyond the stage that it might be revamped. “The thing is so ancient that the sketches no longer exist in some situations.” Any illustrations that are still available are so old that, he said, the individuals who can interpret them are no longer alive.” He informed the Biden transition committee but did not provide information, Richard said.
The modernization of the nuclear command, control as well as communications structure of the country, known as NC3, is the top target of Strategic Command. The obligation for the N3C modernization was shifted from the Air Force to the Strategic Command by the Pentagon in the year 2018. The confidential NC3 device is a decade old but operates and is cyber-secure, Richard added. It involves a combination of terrestrial as well as space-based sensors scanning the world for threats and a connectivity architecture that, in all circumstances, links the decision-makers of the nation to nuclear powers.https://minernews.io/