Hoeven: New Air Force RFPs for Cruise Missile Upgrade, New ICBM Program Another Step Forward

MINOT, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven today called the Air Force’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for an upgrade to the cruise missile used by the B-52 bomber and new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) program a major step forward. The missions, both of which are based at Minot Air Force Base, is the only military base in the nation with two legs of the nuclear triad.

“This is a good step forward for these two projects,” Hoeven said. “Now, we’ll continue to advocate for the two programs and work through the appropriations process to see that they get funded and keep moving.”

Last month, Hoeven led a bipartisan letter signed by 14 senators calling on Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to reaffirm the department’s commitment to modernize the nation’s nuclear triad. The bipartisan letter signed by 14 senators follows several statements indicating the Obama administration is backing away from support for the nuclear modernization program. The complete text of the letter can be found here.