Trump's Nuclear Doctrine More Aggressive Toward Russia than Obama's
Feb 04, 2018, 01:31
In addition, the NPR stated that the USA had no intention of resuming nuclear testing to enhance the arsenal, "unless we find it necessary".
The Nuclear Posture Review calls for modernizing the nuclear triad - land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and nuclear-capable aircraft - and command-and-control system.
The nation's nuclear arsenal and triad had kept the USA safe 70 years for nuclear attack, and "We can not afford to let it become obsolete", Shanahan said.
But rather than laying out a plan to halt this slide into a more risky world and working to decrease reliance on nuclear weapons, the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) hastens its rise by accepting the reasoning of USA adversaries and affirmatively embracing nuclear competition.
Russian Federation possesses a large arsenal of small nuclear weapons that the United States mostly lacks. "Expanding flexible US nuclear options now, to include low-yield options, is important for the preservation of credible deterrence against regional aggression", argues the Nuclear Posture Review.
Shanahan maintained that "this clarification is stabilizing" and would "lower the risk of nuclear use by anyone".
A potential spike in funding would likely funnel into New Mexico's laboratories, where Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories are collectively among the highest-funded nuclear weapons sites in the nation, with New Mexico raking in around $5 billion from the U.S. Energy Department annually - roughly $1 billion more than any other state.
The Pentagon will also bring back sea-based nuclear cruise missiles, which will take up to a decade to develop, officials said. The U.S. says it has been in compliance with the limits since August and it expects the Russians to comply by Monday's deadline.
North Korea was also mentioned in the review, with the United States describing it as a "clear and grave threat". They have never failed their mission and as such are one of the most successful weapons systems in USA history.
But a major U.S. concern is over Russian perceptions.
The NPR takes the evolving threats into consideration in keeping America safe, he said.
The US wants to build new nuclear arsenal because Russian Federation now perceives its nuclear capabilities as inadequate, officials told Reuters.
In other words, the United States could respond to a tactical nuclear strike with a low-yield weapon instead of escalating to World War III. Washington uses its traditional anti-Russian rhetoric to justify its own "large-scale nuclear weapons buildup", it added.
"We must look reality in the eye and see the world as it is, not as we wish it to be", the NPR said, "given the range of potential adversaries, their capabilities and strategic objectives".
The strategy, President Donald Trump said, is tailored and flexible to address the wide array of threats in the 21st century.
In 2015, reports about the existence of the weapon first emerged, when Russian state television showed images of President Vladimir Putin visiting naval commanders in Sochi, with one shot showing an officer looking at what appeared to be plans for a Status-6 torpedo. USA delivery platforms modernization and warhead recapitalization will cost about 6.4 percent at their peaks, or less than 1 percent of the federal budget.
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