Today on “In the Hive,” the rebroadcast of a conversation with the author Eric Schlosser, about the theory of nuclear deterrence, the unthinkability of nuclear war, and the ‘illusion of safety.’ This show originally aired a year ago and was the second part of a two-part look at the overhaul of America’s land-based nuclear missile program.
The first episode examined the roll Utah’s Hill Air Force Base is set to play host to a new Mission Integration Facility that will serve as headquarters for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program. Testing of components of a new missile to replace the aging Minuteman III missiles will take place Utah and California. The replacement of the 400 ICBMs located in silos in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota is slated to cost $83 billion when all is said and done.
But is the land leg of the U.S. nuclear triad (land, sea, air), still necessary? And just how safe is America’s nuclear arsenal?
Eric Schlosser, journalist and author of the book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety
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