U.S. military officials often credit America’s nuclear “triad” of bombers, submarines and ballistic missiles with preventing World War III and ending the Cold War in the West’s favor. Now, 27 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent breakup of the Soviet Union, the vintage U.S. nuclear delivery vehicles and warheads are operating well beyond their useful service lives as Russia and China field modern ballistic and cruise missiles and start developing ...

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