United States of America to update nuclear arsenal in bid to match Russian Federation
- Author: Ryan Wade Feb 04, 2018,
Feb 04, 2018, 1:34
President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Nunes gave Trump "secretly altered" version of memo Davis: "Deep state" existed in '16 - but it elected Trump Former Trump legal spokesman to testify to Mueller about undisclosed call: report MORE on Friday applauded the new policy, which follows months of analysis that he ordered previous year. "You have to do that when you're in a position of persuasion, not of hoping".
Based on a leaked draft of the nuclear posture, 16 Democratic U.S. senators, including senators from Washington, California and IL, wrote to President Donald Trump on Monday that his nuclear policy would "increase the risk of a nuclear arms race and raise the real possibility of a nuclear conflict".
While the West got rid of most of its tactical nuclear weapons, regarding them as no longer militarily necessary and potentially destabilising, Russian Federation went in the opposite direction, seeing them as a way to offset the weakness of its conventional forces. "The 2018 NPR addresses these challenges".
The decision to go ahead with the new cruise missile is just one of the policy changes outlined in a Nuclear Posture Review ordered by President Donald Trump in one of his first actions as president.
The report calls for the introduction of both "low yield nukes" on submarine-launched ballistic missiles and the reintroduction of submarine-launched cruise missiles, or SLCMs.
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Mattis insisted his meeting with Song "was not set up directly because of the Olympics" or the ongoing talks. But Mattis has consistently stressed non-military actions, including worldwide sanctions .
He said "the United States does not want to use nuclear weapons", but "we do want to maintain an effective deterrent to keep Americans and our allies and partners safe and secure".
Greg Weaver, the Pentagon's deputy director of strategic capabilities, cautioned that the U.S.is not in an arms race with Russia, but argued instead that the Trump administration is "responding to Russian initiative".
Currently, maintenance and operation of our aging nuclear arsenal requires only 2-3 percent of the Defense Department's budget, which itself is a smaller share of the federal budget than during the Cold War.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said the NPR will allow the U.S.to remain "flexible and well-prepared for the unique threats we face today".
The lack of communication-and the attendant lack of confidence in our ability to understand and influence Russian decision-making-makes USA policymakers rely more on worst-case planning; this, in turn, leads to the pursuit of weapons we may not have otherwise pursued and may not need.
"The strategy develops capabilities aimed at making use of nuclear weapons less likely", Trump said in a statement.
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North Korea has continued to pursue nuclear weapons development, and Iran retains much of the capacity needed to develop a nuclear weapon within a year of deciding to do so, according to the review.
The document tries to justify this as a way to deter Russian Federation, arguing that Russian Federation doesn't view the current USA posture as threatening enough, and that getting the U.S. even more weapons, including smaller-yield ones they might well use more readily, would really intimidate them. Washington would be forced to choose between launching a much larger scale nuclear attack on Russian Federation or responding with less serious conventional arms that would make Washington look weak.
"The potential threat of non-state actors getting their hands on a nuclear weapon remains at the front of all of our minds", Shannon told reporters at a news conference held at the Pentagon.
In words of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, "America can afford survival". "In a competitive situation, you also have to hold at risk, in this case, what North Korea holds dear, to remind them, 'Don't do it".
In the document, U.S. defence chiefs warned of "increasingly explicit nuclear threats from potential adversaries".
Such a misperception is unsafe and ultimately makes a use of an adversarial nuclear weapon more likely.
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