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TF21 gears up for DC Symposium, modernization of weapons systems
Good news was in abundance the week of Aug. 21. For the first time in over 35 years the nation’s strategic weapons systems are under contract for modernization.  The Air Force on Monday announced that the Boeing Co. and Northrup Grumman Systems Corp. were
awarded contracts for the ground-based strategic deterrent system which will replace the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system, operated by the 91 Missile Wing.

Then on Aug. 23, the Air Force announced that Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. were awarded contracts for the development of a new nuclear cruise missile for the nation’s bomber fleet, which includes the B-52 which is flown by the 5th bomb Wing. 

This good news came in the midst of planning for the sixth Symposium sponsored by Task Force 21 which focuses on nuclear Triad issues. On Sept. 28 in Washington, D.C., TF21 will host an unclassified forum entitled “The Nuclear Deterrent Enterprise Going Forward:  Challenges and Opportunities.”  Currently, there are 205 registrants for the event with a waiting list of over 30 who also wish to attend. Featured speakers
include: Gen Robert Kehler, former Commander, US STRATCOM; Lt Gen Jack Weinstein, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration; Vice Admiral Terry benedict, Director, Navy Strategic Systems Programs; North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Heidi
Heitkamp, and Congressman Kevin Cramer.

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