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June 2021 - United States Special Weapons News

  • US Plans to Test Its $60 Billion Replacement for Ageing Minuteman ICBMs in 2023 Sputnik 28 Jun 2021 -- If the tests show satisfying results, Washington is likely to order 400 such missiles to replace their ageing stockpile. The first new ICBMs are expected to be delivered by 2036.
  • Nuclear Posture Review, National Defense Strategy Will Be Thoroughly Integrated DoD News 25 Jun 2021 -- A new National Defense Strategy is in the works and is expected to be completed early next year. When delivered, it will provide a new set of goals and priorities for America's defense. The Nuclear Posture Review, or NPR, will come on the coattails of the NDS and will be fully nested within it, said Colin H. Kahl, the undersecretary of defense for policy, Wednesday during a virtual discussion at the 2021 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference.
  • Air Force announces availability of final environmental study on Ground Based Strategic Deterrent ICBM recapitalization Test Program US Air Force 20 Jun 2021 -- The Department of the Air Force announces the availability of the Final Environmental Assessment for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Test Program and the program's Finding of No Significant Impact. The analysis can be found at
  • Official Says Input From Allies on Nuclear Posture Review to Be Important DoD News 11 Jun 2021 -- China is rapidly becoming more capable and assertive and concerns regarding its nuclear modernization and expansion are increasing. Russia's comprehensive modernization of its nuclear capabilities, over 80% complete, includes the addition of new dual-capable systems that threaten the United States and its allies and partners, the acting assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities said.
  • Air Force NC3 Center deactivates as missions realign under AFGSC US Air Force 10 Jun 2021 -- In 2017, Air Force Global Strike Command stood up a new organization here to oversee the Air Force's nuclear command, control and communications systems - the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Center. After making significant strides to normalize the way in which our service handles NC3, the Air Force NC3 Center was formally deactivated June 4.

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