30 Mar '16, 5pm

New on #ArmsControlToday: "Air Force Seeks Mobile ICBM Option" by @KingstonAReif

New on #ArmsControlToday: "Air Force Seeks Mobile ICBM Option" by @KingstonAReif

The U.S. Air Force is planning to design a next generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) that will have the capability to be deployed on mobile launchers, a knowledgeable source told Arms Control Today last month. Initial Air Force estimates suggest that it would cost roughly $400 million in development funding to provide the “modularity” that would allow this option, the source said. A decision by the United States to deploy ICBMs on a mobile platform would represent an unprecedented development in U.S. nuclear strategy. The United States explored two mobile ICBM options during the Cold War—the Peacekeeper, which would have been carried by railcars, and the small ICBM, or Midgetman, which would have been carried by trucks—but both programs were canceled before they became operational. Developing transportable ICBM forces would cost at least $80 billion mor...

Full article: http://www.armscontrol.org/ACT/2016_04/News/Air-Force-See...

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