To prevent a missile gap, the industry teams vying for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) project must be capable of churning out 60-80 missiles per year in the late 2020s and early ’30s. Building this new nuclear-armed Goliath in the time line specified by the Air Force will require every ounce of talent and production capacity available within the industry. The four-stage rocket, known as the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD), ...

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