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WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator and Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) questioned Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan about the nuclear triad and the space force during a SASC hearing today.

Acting Sec. Shanahan on the need for the nuclear triad“As our competitors are building up their nuclear capabilities or modernizing, we should not unilaterally disarm.”

Acting Sec. Shanahan on building the space force: “We can’t build a bureaucracy. In standing up the space force, we have a chance to build it from the bottom up. We’ll build a bureaucracy if we build it form the top down. This is an opportunity to build it correctly. The biggest effort needs to be at retiring the risk. We are too vulnerable. … This is a fundamental, structural change; but in that structural change, we’ll get after reducing our vulnerability. And I really believe at the end of the day, we’ll have more capability and more money.”

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Cramer at SASC