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Maintaining MAFB's Nuclear Weapons

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The nuclear world we face is more dangerous now and more uncertain than it ever has been in the past.

That's how U.S. Senator John Hoeven categorized the need and continued support of America's Nuclear Triad deterrence.

Hoeven, along with Congressman Kevin Kramer spoke this afternoon at the triad conference in Minot showing support for Minot Air Force Base's role in America's nuclear defense.

Hoeven says Russia and China are growing their nuclear weapon arsenal and North Korea and Iran are working towards their own nuclear weapons.

He says the U.S. needs to strengthen our resolve and support for our own nuclear deterrence.

(Sen. John Hoeven, (R) North Dakota) Because of the budget and sequestration there's a real pressure on the military. But when you look at our military deterrent it is very cost effective and it's vitally important, more so now than ever."

Hoeven says Minot Air Force Base plays a vital role in the two legs of the nuclear Triad with the B-52 bombers and the I-C-B Missiles.

The third leg is that of the U.S.'s fleet of Nuclear submarines.

Hoeven is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee which allocates funds to maintain and modernize our Nuclear Triad.

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