Sen. Deb Fischer has returned to Washington after touring the three nuclear weapon facilities in the United States.
Fischer, a member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, visited the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
Fischer says those sites are a key to maintaining what she calls the backbone of our nuclear deterrent.
“You know, we have aging nuclear weapons and they take them apart, they inspect them to make sure that if they need to be used those weapons are going to perform the way they’re intended to perform,” Fischer tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Fischer says the president and Congress have made a commitment to upgrade its nuclear weapons.
“But we have fallen short on it. So, I have some concerns on that and to make sure that our country is modernizing the weapons we have,” Fischer says. “Other countries are doing that. They’ve made the financial commitment and they are doing that. And we need to make sure our arsenal, our nuclear deterrent, is well maintained and is always at the ready.”
The United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) is located in Nebraska, based in Bellevue.