Across the Great Plains, hundreds of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) wait in underground silos ready to be launched at a moment’s notice. Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming were nicknamed the “nuclear sponge” by nuclear war planners who intended the missile fields to “absorb” a Russian ICBM strike.
These weapons make it all too easy to start a nuclear war with a moment’s notice.
In the words of the late Daniel Ellsberg, “The chance that this system could explode ‘by mistake’ or unauthorized action in a crisis—as well as by the deliberate execution of nuclear threats—taking much of the world with it, has always been an unconscionable risk imposed by the superpowers upon the population of the world.”
Currently, the U.S. is on-track to “modernize”–replace–its ICBM force with new, Sentinel missiles. The program was initially estimated to cost nearly $300 billion, but the Air Force just announced that costs will be 37% higher than estimated, adding over $100 billion to the final price tag.
The United States has spent nearly a century prioritizing arms racing over healthcare, education, housing, and every other possible priority, keeping the world constantly on the brink of self-destruction. It is time to eliminate these weapons and build a better world beyond the threat of ICBMs.
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