Nuclear weapons present devastating destructive power. Russia and China possess enormous capability in that regard. North Korea has developed a nuclear capability and trumpeted its testing of missiles that could strike our mainland.
Our country’s deterrence against nuclear attacks rests on important tools including diplomacy, alliances and conventional weaponry. And the need to pursue nuclear nonproliferation remains imperative.
Our nation has an additional, key asset to blunt hostile powers’ resort to a nuclear attack: the U.S. Strategic Command. StratCom gives potential hostile powers great pause by demonstrating that it can maintain operations under the most extreme conditions.
StratCom has come to play a key role in operational areas involving space forces, missile defense and electronic warfare. Those duties add to the command’s need for operational resilience under all conditions.
Construction of StratCom’s new headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base is moving into the final phase as electronics and communication equipment are installed. The $1.3 billion project is among the Pentagon’s most expensive, and construction was marked by delays and a flooding problem, falling short of what the public should expect from such work.
The end product, however, has enormous value, bolstering our military’s central bulwark for nuclear deterrence.