- During the Cold War, the U.S. Air Force received a bulk of the country’s defense budget because of its significant role in delivering nuclear weapons.
- But after the Soviet Union disintegrated, the air force became more interested in traditional air missions and the next generation of fighter planes.
- This disinterest manifested itself in two recent nuclear-related mishaps that cost the air force chief of staff and secretary their jobs.
- Generally, the military considers nuclear weapons costly and unnecessary, as conventional weapons can capably complete nuclear missions.
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