Authorities held a news conference on Sunday morning to discuss an officer-involved shooting in the city of Waukesha.
Grimlock_85: This isn't something the US can afford to let degrade into useless junk. The Titan II featured in the picture was the US's most powerful ICBM ever, featuring a city-leveling 10 megaton warhead... the highest yield ever mounted on a missile. The missiles themselves were so good they served as space boosters until they were used up in the early 2000s. Keep in mind this is a missile that went out of production in the late 70s. They suffered from corrosion as they got older, and liquid propellant leaks, but the Minutemen that replaced them are solid fueled. The trend now is for smaller more accurate tactical yield warheads, but it serves as a reminder of what these missiles can do and why they are so feared. Many think the idea of silo based ICBMs is obsolete but they are still the only way to have nukes ready to fly at the press of a button. Once built, silo based missiles are on alert 95 to 98% of the time..... that is a far cry from sub-launched missiles or bombers with cruise missiles which average 20 to 30% alert readiness. Keep in mind that although the locations are known and registered by our adversaries, these missiles leave their silos in about 7 minutes. Time of flight from a salvo of missiles coming in from over the north pole?.... at least 25 minutes, and more likely 35 to 40. The point is it's extremely difficult to destroy a silo before it has launched, and at that point hitting it becomes a moot point. A modern solid-fueled ICBM with modern digital guidance and telemetry systems would indeed be expensive up front, but when you look at the costs it beats the pants off a fleet of subs or bombers once it's installed and set up. Keep in mind this is a system that will serve for 50 years with most of that time spent ready to launch. Nothing else comes remotely close to that. Remember, it's called the "Nuclear Triad" for a reason.... although it's very stable and self adjusting, a tripod needs all three legs to stand, it can't remain upright with only two.