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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Gates Says U.S. Has Conventionally Armed ICBMs -- Defense Tech

Gates Says U.S. Has Conventionally Armed ICBMs -- Defense Tech

Yesterday, on NBC's Meet the Press, Defense Secretary Robert Gates may have revealed the existence of a new weapon in America's arsenal, a conventionally-armed ICBM. It was thought development and deployment of conventionally tipped ICBMs was still years away; a prototype is scheduled for a test flight next month.

Responding to a question from NBC's David Gregory on the ability to deter nuclear armed rogue states, Gates said: "We have, in addition to the nuclear deterrent today, a couple of things we didn't have in the Soviet days… And we have prompt global strike affording us some conventional alternatives on long-range missiles that we didn't have before."

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More News On Conventionally Armed ICBMs and Prompt Global Strike

Prompt Global Strike: World Military Superiority Without Nuclear Weapons -- OpEdNews

U.S. looks to nonnuclear weapons to use as deterrent -- Washington Post

Moscow alarmed over prospect of long-range missiles -- Sydney Morning Herald

The New START Treaty does not contain any constraints on current or planned U.S. conventional prompt global strike capability. -- U.S. Department of Defense
Conventional Prompt Global Strike
Bureau of Verification, Compliance, and Implementation
Fact Sheet


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