Advances in technology are making the nuclear deterrence mission of ballistic missile submarines increasingly challenging.

Foreign adversaries, China and Russia in particular, are designing increasingly sophisticated submarines that show they "are definitely catching up to us," said Capt. Chester Parks, commanding officer at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.

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U.S. Navy/Petty Officer 1st Class Armando Gonzales

Faulty welding in missile tubes bound for the Navy's newest submarines could create additional problems for one of the Navy's most expensive and highest-priority programs.

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