Democrats are looking to slash the United States nuclear missile program.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
Rep. John Garamendi (D., Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, said the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, a program pushed by both the Obama and Trump administrations to replace nuclear weapons technology in place since the Vietnam War, requires a funding pause to aid other budget priorities.
“It’s a matter of how we’re going to spend a very precious resource called money,” Garamendi told Insider. “The issue of the [Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent] is under consideration—that is, a pause on the [Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent]—so we’ll see.”
Garamendi’s comments challenge a consensus among top military officials that America’s nuclear missile technology requires serious modernization. The missile system used by the military has been in service since 1970, prompting calls for the development of its replacement, Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent. U.S. Strategic Command chief Charles Richard said in January that the current missile system must be replaced with modern technology.
Democrats, however, have targeted the nuclear weapon modernization program for budget cuts. Sens. Ed Markey (Mass.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) have spoken repeatedly about their interest in pausing the project in favor of other funding priorities, such as coronavirus research.
The calls come as China aggressively stockpiles its own nukes.