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Trump's defense secretary pick may have doubts about land-based nuclear missiles

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Several high-profile weapon systems will be decided by the next Pentagon chief but one to modernize Cold War-era firepower may already be in trouble.

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to become Defense secretary, expressed concern last year about the Air Force's ground-based Minuteman III, one leg of the nation's nuclear triad. Several of the major defense contractors are contenders to replace the aging Minuteman III with a next-generation missile technology. 

Commenting on the topic, PA's defense industry expert says: The wildcard here is that General Mattis has come in and said we could easily save a lot of money by getting rid of that ground-based element.  So there could be some debate over the next five years on whether or not we want to move forward with that.”


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