Pentagon decides to maintain Sentinel nuclear program despite high cost

Pentagon decides to maintain Sentinel nuclear program despite high cost
Pentagon decides to maintain Sentinel nuclear program despite high cost

Washington, Jul 8 (EFE).- The Pentagon announced Monday that it will maintain the Sentinel nuclear missile program despite the high costs because it considers it “essential” for the national security of the United States.

The Defense Department said in a statement that the program, which seeks to modernize and create a new intercontinental ballistic missile system, will cost $140.9 billion.

This represents an increase of 81% compared to the estimated investment in 2021.

Despite this increase, the Pentagon said in the statement, it decided that the project should continue because “it is essential to national security.”

“There are no alternatives (…) that can meet the requirements at a lower cost,” the statement added.

The person in charge of overseeing the cost study, William LaPlante, added that while they are aware that it is a large outlay, intelligence officials also “know the risks of not modernizing” U.S. nuclear forces and “not addressing the real threats” the country faces.

With Sentinel, the US seeks to modernize its nuclear capacity on land for the first time in 60 years. EFE

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