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USSPACECOM and USSTRATCOM outline 2023 budget priorities

11th March 2022 - 12:10 GMT | by Flavia Camargos Pereira in Kansas City

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Replacement of the Minuteman III is among USSTRATCOM priorities. (Photo: USAF)

DoD leaders testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee and asked for resources to fund nuclear, hypersonic and cybersecurity programmes.

Nuclear, hypersonic and cybersecurity capabilities are among the 2023 priorities of the US Space Command (USSPACECOM) and the US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM). Investments in these areas are intended to match and overcome Russian and Chinese capacities.

DoD leaders testified on 8 March at a Senate Armed Services Committee review hearing on the FY2023 Defense Authorization Request and Future Years Defense Program.

Senator Jim Inhofe advocated accelerating efforts in the space and nuclear domains to meet the strategic deterrence and warfighting requirements of the coming decades.

Inhofe said that ‘chronic underinvestment’ left the US with ‘an undersized, ageing nuclear deterrent and a

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