Air Force to beef up Wyoming's nuclear arsenal

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test April 26, 2017, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Minuteman system has been in service for 60 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ian Dudley)

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - The military is expected to spend between $4 billion and $5 billion over the next 10 to 20 years to modernize the intercontinental ballistic missile system at Wyoming's F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that the spending could more than quadruple the typical amount of construction spending in Cheyenne.

The upgrades include concrete pours for new missile silos and buildings to house improved communications systems for the ICBM network. They're part of a $140 billion effort to replace the nation's aging Minuteman nuclear missiles.

Wyoming's Congressional delegation and some policymakers view the project as needed to keep America safe. Others see it as a risky gambit that could push the world closer to nuclear war.