- Jun 3, 2011
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The notion that getting rid of our ICBM for somehow makes us safe makes my head hurt. It absolutely, 100% DOES NOT MATTER, if they could drop a nuke right through the silo lid. What it does is raise the guaranteed cost to any potential adversary. In other words, it makes it LESS likely a war would even start.One air force general noted astutely that if the US removes ICBMs from inventory, a percentage of the bomber force will have to be put on permanent nuclear alert again, which would probably require a significantly larger force of aircraft than currently planned as well as increased maintenance and readiness costs associated with that.
I'd like to correct the USAF general's statement.
If the USAF wants to retain the slice of the budgetary pie it has now in regards to nuclear forces if it retires the ICBM force, it will have to put most of the bomber force back on nuclear alert, in order to keep X number of nuclear warheads under USAF control, lest that money go somewhere else, like two more Columbia-class SSBNs.