No QDR Cuts to the ICBM Force

The charge by North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad to “save” the 500-strong Minuteman missile force received unanimous support from the Senate. (DR 09/23/05) Conrad and friends included an amendment in the 2006 defense authorization measure that states: “It is the policy of the United States to continue to deploy a force of 500 intercontinental ballistic missiles,” barring any dramatic and “unanticipated” strategic developments in the future. Conrad feared the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review crowd was casting a budget-cutting eye toward the ICBM force.