In April 2009, Bob Gates openly mused about eliminating the Triad. I was a little surprised, to say the least.
Now, he’s gone and done it again.
Gates stopped openly musing about eliminating a leg of the triad once the Obama Administration chose to make the Nuclear Posture Review a continuity document that would reinforce ratification efforts for the New START treaty — and the hefty modernization price tag that accompanied the treaty.
The Nuclear Triad- Bombers, ICBMs, and Sub Launched Ballistic Missiles- has been around since before I was born. It’s just one of those things that just IS.
Is it time to question that? Any savings would be relatively modest. But these days, any savings are pretty attractive, too.