The U.S. nuclear command, control, and transmissions system provides the connection between U.S. nuclear forces and presidential power. This could be susceptible to cyber-strikes and wants upgrades, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) tells reporters on 1st May.
King, an impartial who committees with the Senate’s Democratic majority, is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Which is a subcommittee on strategic powers, which supervises the Pentagon’s space, nuclear and strategic dissuasion programs.
King and a bipartisan alliance of senators on Saturday stood informed on U.S. nuclear upgrading attempts at Offutt Air Force, Nebraska. This is where U.S. Strategic Command is headquartered. The senators on Friday also explored U.S. nuclear operations at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota.
During a call with the media after the Saturday press conference, King says the nuclear command, control and communications system called NC3. This was a “major point of conversation” and a “substantial part of the meeting” senators obtains at Offutt.
NC3 is a Cold War-era system of interrelated:
- Communications and initial alerting satellites
- Aircraft and ground control centers
The Trump government in 2018 appoints U.S. Strategic Command the onus for modernizing the NC3 architecture so it is congruent with modern-day technology.
King says that nuclear command and control grow to be “much more complex” and cybersecurity is high ranking primacy. “All I can say is that it’s very considerably at the forefront” of the Strategic Command’s blueprint to modernize the system, he says.
Continuing discussions about the cost of upgrading the U.S. nuclear triumvirate “incline to concentrate on missiles and airplanes and submarines, however, command and control is vital.” King adds, “It certainly ought to be described to as the quadrangle, not the triumvirate.”
The U.S. nuclear triumvirate comprises three “legs” —
- Ground-based intercontinental ballistic missiles
- Aerial bombers
These can carry nuclear weapons anywhere in the globe. However, devoid of an adequate N3C system, “not any of the above three functions,” mentions King.
Other legislators who joined in the meeting consist of the following:
- John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
- Deb Fischer (R-Neb.)
- Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
- Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)