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January 13, 2014

A look at what others are saying

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As the U.S. and Russia gradually reduce their stockpiles of weapons, nuclear warfare is no longer seen as a viable career path for the military’s best officers.

Meanwhile, missile crews become bored from years of maintaining 24-hour shifts doing little more than staring at computer screens while monitoring the missiles in their charge.

“It’s a real problem to keep those young men and women interested in going on alert three or four times a month for 24 hours at a time when it’s hard to explain to them who the enemy is,” a retired Air Force general told the AP.

The U.S. has more than 2,000 deployed warheads here and around the world.

The time has come to ask some hard questions about how many we really need and how we can best ensure their safety.

— The Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine

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