While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force Mar 20, 2017 0 2914 12345 APWASHINGTONThe Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump's argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower.The reduction to 400 missiles from 450 is the first for the intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, force in a decade when the arsenal came down from 500 such weapons. The Air Force says the latest cut in Minuteman 3 missiles will be completed in April, leaving the deployed ICBM arsenal at its smallest size since the early 1960s.In 2014, President Barack Obama's administration announced the planned ICBM reduction to tailor the overall nuclear force, including bombers and nuclear-armed submarines, to the New START accord that the US and Russia sealed in 2010. Both nations must comply with the treaty's limits by February 2018.The shrinking of the ICBM force runs counter, at least rhetorically, to Trump's belief that the US has fallen behind Russia in nuclear muscle. In December, he tweeted that the US must"greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." He has criticized New START as a bad deal.It's unclear how Trump intends to conduct a nuclear expansion, which critics call unnecessary and a potential drain on funds needed for non-nuclear forces. A long-term plan to replace and modernize the current nuclear force is underway. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES No proof of Russia collusion with Trump team: Lawmaker Mar 20, 2017 0 382 Meetup takes risky leap into the Trump resistance Mar 20, 2017 0 397 Healthcare overhaul to help older citizens, says House Speaker Mar 20, 2017 5 331 Pulitzer Prize winning New York columnist Breslin dead at 88 dpa Washington Columnist Jimmy Breslin, a Pulitzer Prize winner who famously documented American life and still wrote weekly to the end of his life in the New York Daily News, died Sunday at age 88, the newspaper reported. .. Lawmakers say no evidence Trump Tower bugged Reuters WASHINGTON US lawmakers from both parties said on Sunday they had seen no proof to support the claim by Republican President Donald Trump that his predecessor Barack Obama had wiretapped him last year, adding .. Meetup takes risky leap into the Trump resistance AP NEW YORK Meetup is taking a leap into the Trump resistance. The New York-based networking site will unveil plans in the coming days to partner with a labor groupunder the guidance of a former Hillary Clinton aide to ..