On July 7, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security Deputy Director Matthew Kroenig spoke at the twenty-first Nuclear Triad Symposium, giving remarks entitled “Choosing Modernization or Choosing Obsolescence.” Kroenig argued that the United States must continue its path of nuclear modernization in the age of great-power competition.

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Issue Brief

Mar 29, 2021

The downsides of downsizing: Why the United States needs four hundred ICBMs

By Matthew Kroenig, Mark J. Massa, Christian Trotti

The United States is at a nuclear modernization crossroads. Critics of the land leg of the nuclear triad believe that an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force of 300 missiles will be cheaper and more stable than a force of 400. This issue brief shows that 400 ICBMs support the goals of US nuclear deterrence and are affordable.

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