All elements of the triad need to be modernized. You may have to make some choices there.
So I’m just trying — I want to frame this so that it’s not a math exercise but so people understand the strategic and national security consequences of the decisions that they’re making. And it’s up to us to do that, I think, in stark terms.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, DoD News Briefing with Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright, April 21, 2011.