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Most of America’s nuclear forces are decades old and urgently need to be replaced. President Obama embarked on a major effort to modernize the nation’s nuclear enterprise, which made significant progress under the Trump administration. Nevertheless, serious challenges remain. Defense budgets are expected to tighten under the Biden administration, which is also facing renewed calls from outside groups to drastically reduce our nuclear forces or change our overall deterrence posture. Meanwhile, our adversaries are only increasing their nuclear capabilities.
With the entrance of a new administration and new Congress, the future of nuclear modernization is at a pivotal moment. Senator Deb Fischer, the Ranking Member of the Senate’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee, is one of the most important voices on this topic. On March 22, she joins Heritage nuclear deterrence analyst Patty-Jane Geller to discuss the challenges and opportunities in this critical national security issue-area.