by American Forces Press Service
4/8/2014 - WASHINGTON -- Defense Department officials today announced a U.S. strategic force structure designed to comply with the New START Treaty.
The treaty limits the total number of deployed and nondeployed strategic
delivery vehicles to 800. By Feb. 5, 2018, the total deployed and
nondeployed force will consist of 454 intercontinental ballistic missile
launchers, 280 submarine-launched ballistic missile launchers and 66
U.S. deployed forces will consist of 400 deployed ICBMs and 240 deployed
SLBMs. The Defense Department also will maintain 60 deployed
nuclea-capable heavy bombers, for a total of 700 deployed strategic
delivery vehicles, the treaty limit.
In a statement announcing the strategic force structure, Pentagon
officials called it a capable, survivable and balanced force that fully
supports the president's national security and nuclear weapons
employment strategies and maintains strategic stability and deterrence,
extended deterrence and allied assurance.
The 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 New START Treaty
limits, officials said.