Senators tell Hagel not to study ICBM cuts

“ICBM silos are as much of an enduring strategic asset as are ICBMs themselves,” the senators wrote to Hagel.

“Our nation's 450 ICBMs, while set in fixed locations, present through their numbers an insurmountable targeting challenge for any adversary. Additional reductions below 420 would begin to simplify that challenge.”

The Senate Appropriations Committee has already included an amendment to its defense funding bill from Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate GOP: We will grow our majority in midterms Senate passes bipartisan bill to roll back Dodd-Frank Green Party Senate candidate was previously on state GOP payroll: report MORE (D-Mont.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) that blocked funding for the study.

The senators also warned the Pentagon not to use prior year funds for the study, which could be one way around Congress if it blocks funding.

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