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« Reply #1710 on: November 22, 2018, 08:01:47 pm »
https://submarinesuppliers.org/programs/ssbn/columbia-class/?fbclid=IwAR3NLBMMtm3IaL0kKF8_mfmME-2_h4Z_0XFS4yKIG7j4K0EiSnDfCCaZ1Js

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The United States is developing the Columbia Class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), formerly know as the Ohio Replacement SSBN program, to maintain a continuous at-sea strategic deterrence as the current force of 14 Ohio Class SSBNs reach the end of their unprecedented 42 year service life in the late 2020s.  Columbia Class is the United States Navy’s Number 1 acquisition priority.

The Columbia Class SSBN program consists of a minimum of 12 submarines to meet the requirements for U.S. strategic deterrent force structure as set forth in the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review.  The Columbia Class program completed Acquisition Milestone B on January 4, 2017 and is in the Engineering and Manufacturing Development Phase.

Current plans call for a minimum of 12 Columbia Class SSBNs, with initial construction of the USS COLUMBIA (SSBN 826) beginning in 2021.  According to the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Richardson, SSBNs are essential to national security and are ”…foundational to our survival as a nation.” (January 2016).  Because these new SSBNs will be in service until 2080, a new ship design that advances critical stealth capabilities and survivability is required.

Next-Gen SLBM Not Completely New, Trade Studies Start in 2020

By Staff Reports

The next-generation submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) to be featured on the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine will incorporate some elements of the current Trident D5 Life Extension (D5LE) weapon
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« Reply #1712 on: December 05, 2018, 07:30:52 am »
https://www.heritage.org/missile-defense/commentary/not-so-fast-rep-smith-why-we-need-modernized-nuclear-weapons?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=thf-fb&fbclid=IwAR3rz5c8pqUA--jmAFSLCA0OxS8RCQxY_0bSx-KKIV1naxGvPgxsEKBuC4U

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Rep. Adam Smith, presumptive chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, says he wants to curtail modernization of the nation’s sea-, air- and ground-based nuclear forces. He also opposes developing a low-yield submarine-launched nuclear cruise missile.

In a mid-November speech to the anti-nuke Ploughshares Fund, Smith asserted that the country cannot afford the $1.2 trillion nuclear modernization program due to the growing national debt, combined with the need to modernize the nation’s conventional military forces. He hopes the Senate and White House will back a reduction in the nuclear arsenal—and a possible departure from nuclear triad—in exchange for more conventional weapons systems.

Interestingly, the congressionally-mandated National Defense Strategy Commission’s recent report contradicts Rep. Smith’s approach. It states that the Pentagon “must remain committed to the bipartisan nuclear modernization program…especially to modernizing the triad of bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, and ballistic missile submarines.”  This was a consensus view of experts appointed by Republicans and Democrats, including two Rep Smith appointed. 

The U.S. has not produced a new nuclear warhead since 1988. The oldest warhead in the arsenal, the B61 gravity bomb, was first deployed in 1963. It was originally designed for a 10-year operational life. 
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« Reply #1713 on: December 05, 2018, 11:27:31 am »
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« Reply #1714 on: December 10, 2018, 06:43:17 am »
https://breakingdefense.com/2018/12/beyond-inf-missiles-networks-the-new-trench-warfare/?utm_campaign=Breaking%20News&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=68105621&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_qIMBVR-qu9JBjOCrngr7D7UmLWntsthf8MFxBqTo1kcStaKdVe3fkxCTivl-qb86YvJNJnR3wd1AGCyDw2dxzzvbYVA&_hsmi=68105621

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WASHINGTON: Fifty-nine days from now, assuming no change of heart by Trump or Putin, the United States will formally kick off the six-month process to end the INF arms control accord, potentially eliminating the final obstacle to a new era of long-range smart missiles. The massive shift in post Cold War arms control would have the potential to turn future battlefields into the kind of bloody stalemate not seen since World War I. But that stalemate could be good news for the United States.

As US strategy shifts from striking rogue states that can’t fight back on even terms — Iraq, Afghanistan, Serbia, Libya, Syria — to stopping great powers who can — Russia and China — it might benefit from technology that favors the defense. There are times and places in the history of war in which improvements in firepower force anyone in range to take cover instead of advancing, as machineguns and howitzers did a century ago on the infamous Western Front. The fundamental difference today is the width of the killing zone would be measured, not in hundreds or thousands of yards, but in hundreds or thousands of miles.
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« Reply #1719 on: December 23, 2018, 05:30:30 pm »
Nice detailed cut-away of D5

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« Reply #1721 on: January 16, 2019, 06:20:06 am »
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« Reply #1722 on: January 17, 2019, 01:02:02 pm »
Good summation in this article of the pluses and minuses of the various proposed components.

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Finally, the big one: space-based missile defense, first proposed in the 1980s under the Strategic Defense Initiative. According to the report, the Pentagon “will study development and fielding of a space-based missile intercept layer capable of boost-phase defense.” These defenses would be satellites armed with interceptor rockets or, down the road, lasers. Pointed at down at the Earth, they would be alerted by a network of sensors to missile launches and swiftly knock down missiles before those missiles could release their warheads.

This, too, faces many complications. First, the U.S. would need to develop and maintain a constellation of missile-sensing interceptor sats in low Earth orbit. Developing, building, and launching this constellation would be very expensive at a time when the defense budget is expected to remain flat or even drop in the near future, meaning the Department of Defense would need to cut other programs to fund it.

Adversaries could simply build more missiles to overwhelm this expensive system, or develop other weapons such as cruise missiles or hypersonic weapons. And more fundamentally, there's the issue of breaking the informal taboo on militarizing space. It could come back to haunt the U.S. as other countries also deploy orbital weapons.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a25938090/star-wars-light-trump-missile-defense/

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