EXCLUSIVE: USAF Acting Undersecretary Jones on Sentinel, Wedgetail and Australia

May 29, 2024

Breaking Defense

SYDNEY — In what is likely her last interview as acting US Air Force Undersecretary, Kristyn Jones said today that the Nunn-McCurdy review of the troubled Sentinel ICBM program has uncovered a lesson all Pentagon programs must bear in mind when building on an existing capability: Don’t assume there’s significantly less risk just because there’s an existing infrastructure.

The first flight of the Air Force’s replacement for the nuclear-armed Minuteman III ballistic missile fleet has slipped by over two years, and its budget soared 37 percent to a new total of more than $130 billion.

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