Boeing’s withdrawal from the $85 billion competition to replace the Minuteman III has reopened a debate about the program’s future even as the U.S. Air Force warns that any further delay could result in the loss of an effective ground-based strategic deterrent (GBSD) by the end of the 2020s.  As Northrop Grumman’s new status as the sole bidder for the GBSD contract offers skeptical legislators a chance to call for new studies of alternative options, the ...

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