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Why The Nuclear Triad?

A diverse combination of weapons systems ensures the security of the United States and its allies.
December 1, 2016
Why The Nuclear Triad?

Left: The USS Alabama returns to Washington state after a deterrent patrol. (Photo: U.S. Navy) Right: an unarmed Minuteman III ICBM is test-launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

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Collectively having three unique, widely dispersed nuclear weapons systems eliminates the risk that an enemy could destroy the entire U.S. deterrent in a first strike.

Just as expert economists recommend a diversified portfolio of stocks, bonds, and other investments to ensure economic security, defense experts recommend that the nation’s nuclear deterrent be diversified to ensure U.S. national security—and the security of America’s allies. 

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