In November 2010, as the Senate neared the end of its debate on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), the Obama administration submitted to Congress an update to its "1251 report," outlining how it planned to maintain and modernize U.S. strategic nuclear forces under the treaty.1 The updated report focused on programs and funding during the next decade, but it confirmed that the United States would invest in facilities, warheads, and delivery systems that would support essentially the same force structure for at least the next 60 years. Others have suggested that the Navy also reduce the number of planned submarines, from 12 to 10 or eight.3 The Air Force has indicated that although it will design the new bomber to deliver nuclear and conventional weapons, it might delay testing of the nuclear capabilities on the new bomber until existing bombers began to retire from the fleet.4 Others have suggested that the Air Force eliminate bombers from the nuclear force completely and that it delay or even cancel the new ICBM program.
By Amy F. Woolf Modernizing the Triad On a Tight Budget I n November 2010, as the Senat
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