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Keep modernization of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program on track
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Keep modernization of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program on track

In 1959, the U.S. Air Force deployed its first intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. A year later, the Navy deployed its first submarine-launched ballistic missile aboard the submarine George Washington. These systems, together with the Air Force’s nuclear-capable bomber force, formed the United States’ nuclear deterrence capability, which came to...

Will defense budgets remain ‘sticky’ after the COVID-19 pandemic?
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Will defense budgets remain ‘sticky’ after the COVID-19 pandemic?

By: Eric Lofgren  Congress’ unprecedented fiscal response to COVID-19 has many in the defense community wondering whether belt tightening will hit the Pentagon. On May 19, the Congressional Progressive Caucus wrote a letter arguing for substantial defense budget cuts to support additional spending on the pandemic. Nonprofit progressive supporters have been asking to cut a...

We prepared for war, but should have spent our money elsewhere
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We prepared for war, but should have spent our money elsewhere

By: Laicie Heeley As the host of a national security podcast literally named “Things That Go Boom,” I spend a lot of my time thinking about what keeps us safe. And usually these thoughts are pretty focused on big, obvious threats — things like bombs. But with the world seemingly imploding, a global pandemic spreading,...

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