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Yesterday, on NBC’s Meet the Press, Defense Secretary Robert Gates may have revealed the existence of a new weapon in America’s arsenal, a conventionally-armed ICBM. It was through development and deployment of conventionally tipped ICBMs was still years away; a prototype is scheduled for a test flight next month.
From a technical perspective, such accuracy modifications could be made regardless of whether the re-entry body carried a nuclear or conventional payload, but in recent years Pentagon discussion has focused on the conventional mission.
The United States declared war on the German Empire on April 6, 1917. The U.S. was an independent power and did not officially join the Allies. It closely cooperated with them militarily but acted alone in diplomacy. The U.S. made its major contributions in terms of supplies, raw material and money starting in 1917.