CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Rep. Cynthia Lummis and others are asking Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to spare America's land-based intercontinental ballistic missile force any cuts.

The Wyoming Republican says that while federal spending cuts are necessary the ICBM force should be maintained at its current levels because of its critical strategic importance.

Lummis says it is the most reliable, stabilizing and cost-effective leg of the U.S. nuclear apparatus.

Cheyenne is home to F.E. Warren Air Force Base, which oversees ICBM missiles stationed in Wyoming, Nebraska and northern Colorado.