Next-gen ICBM survives defunding attempt in House

September 24, 2021

Defense News:

The House on Thursday rejected a measure that would have kept the aging Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile online through 2040 and paused development of its replacement for a year while the Biden administration completes its sweeping nuclear posture review.

On Wednesday, the measure’s sponsor, Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., and its Republican opponents argued over whether the life extension was feasible or cost effective, and whether the new missile is the right response to China’s growing nuclear arsenal. The nascent Ground Based Strategic Deterrent’s been at the center of a drawn-out fight over whether the U.S. needs land-based nuclear missiles in addition to sea- and air-launched missiles…

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