Today on “In the Hive,” the second part of a discussion about the overhaul of America’s land-based nuclear missile program. 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
Information on public comment on the Air Force’s environmental assessment for the GBSD testing program (and Hill Air Force Base and Dugway Proving Ground) can be found here. Comments are due by March 22.
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