America’s Nuclear Backbone: The Value of ICBMs and the New Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent

Given the rapid burgeoning of the global threat environment, it is imperative that the US maintains a highly credible strategic deterrent force. ICBMs are a key piece of this force structure. However, recent decades have seen the United States assume significant risk by failing to modernize the nuclear enterprise, including ICBMS. Such investment can no longer be deferred. This study explains the unique functions ICBMs afford the strategic deterrent enterprise, and outlines a vision for the future of this critical capability. As a career professional in the strategic deterrence mission, Maj Gen Burg brings tremendous insight and informed perspective to this discussion.

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