Northrop Grumman and members of Utah’s delegation's message was that the US is all-in on a new nuclear arms race involving new weapons, technologies and more nations to monitor. “The groundbreaking of this Northrop Grumman facility marks the start of a new chapter in Utah’s support of the nuclear triad,” Rep. Rob Bishop told the gathering. “As threatening technologies advance in nations around the world, particularly amongst our would-be adversaries, it is crucial that these programs advance here at home.”
For the first time in 30 years, members of Congress debated this summer whether updating ICBMs is worth the cost and if the ground-based leg of the triad is necessary when the sea and air based operations carry more than enough nuclear firepower to deter or counter a nuclear attack — something that hasn’t happened since the United States dropped atomic bombs on Japan 74 years ago.