- Modernize the nuclear deterrent to ensure its reliability and effectiveness for decades to come.
- Develop and deploy a comprehensive, layered missile defense system.
- Address vulnerabilities to an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and increase resilience of the domestic electric grid.
- Support the development of a space-based sensor layer to augment needed data for missile defense systems.
- The U.S. has not tested its nuclear warheads since 1992.
- The U.S. currently has only 44 Ground-Based Midcourse Defense interceptors to protect the homeland.
- Over 20 countries have ballistic missiles, including U.S. competitors and adversaries such as China, Russia, and North Korea.
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The Duty to Defend
- Providing for the common defense is one of the primary responsibilities of the federal government.
- There is a widening gap between this responsibility and the readiness of the U.S. missile defense programs.
- U.S. nuclear weapons have kept peace by deterring a large-scale attack against our country and allies.
A Developing Threat
- As our adversaries build their missile arsenals, the U.S. nuclear weapons age, and our nuclear triad is overdue for modernization.
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