A general is asking: Can the United States afford these new weapons and will allies agree to let them be based overseas?
The test vehicle was unable to complete its launch from a B-52 bomber, a setback as the Air Force hastens to make the weapon operational in fiscal year 2022.
Some Pentagon officials say deploying rising numbers of uncrewed ships and planes is vital to confronting two well-armed adversaries—Russia and China—at the same time.
The decision to scrap the planes has raised concerns that President Joe Biden may not return the United States to a treaty that his predecessor had repudiated.
But some Democrats in Congress have expressed concern and sought to put restrictions on the potential deals, which could total more than $20 billion.
Russia, China, and Iran are failing to fully comply with treaties related to nuclear and chemical weapons, according to a State Department report.
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Nearly three years after the United States exited the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Washington and Tehran now agree on the need to restore mutual compliance, but they remain in a stalement about how exactly to do so.
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Iran says a meeting is unnecessary for a return to compliance with the accord.
Under evaluation are lower-yield nuclear weapons, and select command, control and communications.