With the US expected to reduce its strategic nuclear deterrent to about 1,500 deployed nuclear warheads and the nuclear-capable bomber force's future in doubt, the nation should shift to a dyad of submarine-launched ballistic missiles and ICBMs, argue Christopher Bowie, Dana Johnson, and Robert Haffa, three senior members of the Northrop Grumman Analysis Center, in "Triad, Dyad, Monad?," a new paper issued by AFA's Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies, Dec. 10, 2009. Here, two B-2 bombers, which these analysts recommend maintaining in a niche nuclear role, taxi down the runway at Whiteman AFB, Mo., passing two parked B-2s, March 4, 2008.
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