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Donald Trump forges ahead on costly nuclear overhaul

Critics are warning of the risk of a new arms race and billions of dollars squandered

David E. Sanger & William J. Broad | NYT 

During his speech last week about Afghanistan, President Trump slipped in a line that had little to do with fighting the Taliban: “Vast amounts” are being spent on “our nuclear arsenal and missile defense,” he said, as the administration builds up the military. The president is doing exactly that. Last week, the Air Force announced major new contracts for an overhaul of the American nuclear force: $1.8 billion for initial development of a highly stealthy nuclear cruise missile, and nearly $700 million to begin replacing the 40-year-old Minuteman missiles in ...

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First Published: Mon, August 28 2017. 08:36 IST
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