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Saturday, May 09, 2015

The US Is Hiding Its Nukes so Poorly, It Undermines the Point of Having Them

The United States has a growing weakness in its nuclear arsenal of defensive Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), and some experts warn the gap is a serious vulnerability in U.S. defenses.

“Right now, the American land-based ICBM force is particularly vulnerable because it is over targeted by Russian and Chinese ICBMs,” said Richard Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, in a phone interview.

The problem, he said, is that U.S. nuclear weapons sites have moved little since the Cold War. Plans to create mobile defense systems that can be moved and hidden were likewise scrapped in efforts to reduce the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

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