Pentagon Officials Announce U
Pentagon Officials Announce
U.S. Strategic Force Structure
American Forces Press Service.
Washington D.C. – (AFPS)
– April 8, 2014 – 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 nuclear-capable heavy
bombers, for a total of 700 deployed strategic delivery vehicles, the treaty
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.
Fact Sheet on U.S. Strategic Force Structure Under New START
New START Implementation Report