Steven Pifer Sees Room for Further U.S. Reductions

Budgetary constraints might work as an incentive for both the U.S. and Russia to pursue further cuts to their strategic deterrent, argues Deep Cuts Commissioner Steven Pifer in his blog.

 

 

Some analysts question the need to continue to maintain a triad, asserting that elimination of one leg could generate substantial savings. Looking at the pending modernization needs, elimination of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) could generate the greatest cost savings. But the sea-based leg of the triad has long been seen as the most survivable and most important, as evidenced by the fact that, under the New START Treaty, SSBNs will carry well over 60 percent of permitted U.S. deployed strategic warheads. Read more ...