United States of America Announces Strategic Force Structure by 2018


Released on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
United States of America
B-1B Lancer
B-2A Spirit
B-52H Stratofortress
LGM-30G Minuteman III
SSBN 726 Ohio
Trident II
DoD - Department of Defense
ICBM - InterContinental Ballistic Missile
NST - New START Treaty
SLBM - Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile
START - STrategic Arms Reduction Treaty
Today, the Department of Defense announced the United States' Strategic Force Structure to comply with the New START Treaty (NST).

The treaty limits the total number of deployed and non-deployed strategic delivery vehicles to 800. By Feb. 5, 2018, the total deployed and non-deployed force will consist of 454 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launchers, 280 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) launchers, and 66 heavy bombers. U.S. deployed forces will consist of 400 deployed ICBMs. There will also be 240 deployed SLBMs. DoD will also maintain 60 deployed nuclear capable heavy bombers, for a total of 700 deployed strategic delivery vehicles, the treaty limit.

This capable, survivable, and balanced force fully supports the president's national security strategy and nuclear weapons employment strategy and maintains strategic stability and deterrence, extended deterrence, and allied assurance.

This force structure maintains the commitments set forth in the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review, the report to Congress on the president's new nuclear employment guidance, and the most recent Quadrennial Defense Review that the United States will maintain a triad of ICBMs, SLBMs, and nuclear-capable heavy bombers within the central NST limits.

Source: DoD Announces Strategic Force Structure

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