Minuteman III Missile Systems debate in the Pentagon 2022 Budget
Minot Air Force Base, home of the World’s Greatest Bomber, since the 1970’s, has maintained hundreds of land-based nuclear missiles. Currently the Minuteman III is used. Maintaining these systems is growing issue. It is not just the missiles, operators and maintenance personnel, it is the original manufacturers who supplied the gears, tubes, etc., to fix these systems are long gone.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will seek billions to keep the 50-year-old land based missiles running while a debate begins on whether they should be replaced for the Pentagon 2022 Budget.
For more information, please read the article by Tara Copp – McClatchy Washington Bureau. https://www.aviationpros.com/aircraft/defense/news/21217513/us-nuclear-weapons-are-aging-quickly-with-few-spare-parts-how-long-can-they-last
The case for the F-35
The U.S. needs 5th Gen to support the 2018 National Defense Strategy and win today’s and tomorrow’s fights and emerging threats. We can do this with the F-35. 21 Countries are using or plan to use F-35s and this lowers costs. Congress will have more confidence in funding when allies and partners start hedging investments. Finally, we do not want to make the same mistake with the F-35, by not buying enough, like we did with the F-22.