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Obama Cuts 50 More ICBMS From Nuclear Arsenal

From a cheering Associated Press:

U.S. will cut deployed nuke missile force by 50

By ROBERT BURNS | April 8, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. will keep its current force of 450 land-based nuclear missiles but remove 50 from their launch silos as part of a plan to bring the U.S. into compliance with a 2011 U.S.-Russia arms control treaty, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

And what has Russia done to get into compliance? (Hint: they have lied. Just like they always do.)

The resulting launch-ready total of 400 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles would be the lowest deployed ICBM total since the early 1960s.

That will show Putin that we are serious. And Iran. And North Korea. And China.

The decision to put 50 of the missiles in storage but not eliminate any of their launch silos meant the Pentagon had to make steeper reductions in the Navy’s sea-based nuclear force in order to comply with the New START, or Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, by 2018. The Navy will reduce the number of deployed and non-deployed submarine-launched ballistic nuclear missiles to 280 from the current 336…

The other “leg” of the U.S. nuclear force, the Air Force strategic bombers, will be trimmed from the current deployed total of 93 to 60, with an additional six available in a non-deployed status…

Thus the administration will remain within the New START limit of 700 deployed strategic nuclear weapons with 400 ICBMs, 240 sub-launched missiles and 60 bombers. Russia already is well below the 700-deployed weapon limit; at the most recent reporting period, last October, Russia had 473; the U.S. had 809.

And we believe Russia’s numbers, too. After all, when have they ever lied before?

The 400 deployed ICBMs would be the lowest total since 1962…

Obama announced last summer that the U.S. would be ready to reduce its total warheads by another one-third, to about 1,100, in a new round of negotiations with Russia. But there is scant chance of that happening anytime soon, especially with the crisis over Russian intervention in Ukraine.

Perhaps the AP is being sarcastic here. Since Russia’s intervention in Ukraine didn’t stop these latest cuts from happening.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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