The US government is planning to spend up to $5 billion in order to upgrade an ageing nuclear missile system in the state of Wyoming, as part of an ongoing modernization program accelerated under President Donald Trump.
The US military would use the money to modernize the intercontinental ballistic missile system at the heart of Wyoming’s F.E. Warren Air Force Base.
Assigned to the US Air Force Global Strike Command, Warren Air Force base is one of the three strategic missile bases in the US. The facility is also home to the Twentieth Air Force, which commands all of USAF’s intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
The base, established in 1867, houses around 150 Minuteman III ICBMs in hardened underground silos.
The upgrades program will include concrete pouring for new missile silos and the construction of new buildings that will house improved communications systems to make the ICBM network more efficient.