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America's Nuclear Backbone: The Value of ICBMs and the New Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent

Given the rapid burgeoning of the global threat environment, it is imperative that the US maintains a highly credible strategic deterrent force. ICBMs are a key piece of this force structure. However, recent decades have seen the United States assume significant risk by failing to modernize the nuclear enterprise, including ICBMS. Such investment can no longer be deferred. This study explains the unique functions ICBMs afford the strategic deterrent enterprise, and outlines a vision for the future of this critical capability. As a career professional in the strategic deterrence mission, Maj Gen Burg brings tremendous insight and informed perspective to this discussion.

DOD: FY 2016 Annual Report on Cost Assessment Activities

DOD: FY 2016 Annual Report on Cost Assessment Activities The estimated cost of this report for the Department of Defense is approximately $70,000 in Fiscal Years 2016-2017. This includes $65,000 in expenses and $5,000 in DoD labor. President Obama signed the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act (WSARA) of 2009, Public Law 111-23, into law to reform the defense acquisition processes and to bring cost growth under control. To accomplish this, WSARA established the position of Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). The Director is responsible for ensuring the Department's cost estimation and cost analysis processes provide acc

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