Trump Admin. Outlines New Nuclear Policy to Counter Russia

Marie Harrington
February 7, 2018

It calls for two types of nuclear weapons not now in the arsenal.

In contrast to the president's address, the report issued Friday, known as the Nuclear Posture Review, focuses intensely on Russian Federation.

"The gap between China and the United States is too wide to argue that the United States is lagging behind in any meaningful way".

"In my view, it will stimulate an effort by countries that feel threatened by the United States to develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them to U.S. soil", he said.

He visited the ICBM force and B-52 bomber fleet in North Dakota.

Weaver said the most hard task for those working on the review was trying to address the gap between Russian and American non-strategic nuclear weapons.

Bringing a version of the missile back would be a response to Russia's alleged violation of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, the Pentagon said, adding that it might reconsider if Moscow returned to compliance and "corrects its other destabilizing behaviors".

All the while, Mattis read widely about nuclear weapons, according to people with knowledge of the process. Considering the last Cold War saw a race for nuclear missiles being the weapon of choice in attacking the enemy, it should be no surprise that constant advances with AI would become the new weapon of choice. In addition, he convened a council of retired admirals, generals and specialists known as "the graybeards" to engage in what Soofer said Mattis calls a "skilled dialectic", or an exchange of divergent views. "And it's Republican and Democrat". It's people who studied history.

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By the time he visited Naval Base Kitsap last August, Mattis appeared to have all but decided. Congress, the military and the White House all backed the new policy.

He made a decision to retain the ICBM force because he thinks the hundreds of silos across the heartland serve as an important deterrent for Russian Federation and other potential adversaries, given how hard it would be for an enemy to disable them all in one shot.

The Pentagon's nuclear review concluded that while arms control can advance American interests, "further progress is hard to envision", in light of what the US considers Russia's aggression in Ukraine and violations of existing arms deals.

However, the increasing likelihood the United States was prepared to use a nuclear weapon was bound to provoke a wave of nuclear arming by nations that felt themselves potentially threatened by the U.S. armed forces, making the American people far less safe, Freeman cautioned.

Russia's foreign ministry said on Saturday it was very disappointed by the content of the document, which, it said, has a confrontational feel and anti-Russian orientation. "It is now clear that the United States must have sufficient research, design, development and production capacity to support the sustainment and replacement of its nuclear forces".

The "tailored strategy" for Russia was meant to "pose insurmountable difficulties to any Russian strategy of aggression against the United States, its allies, or partners and ensure the credible prospect of unacceptably dire costs to the Russian leadership if it were to choose aggression", the document said.

The head of the Russian parliament's defense committee, Vladimir Shamanov, confirmed the missiles' deployment, saying the move was a response to a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation buildup near Russia's borders, with the number of USA weapons in Poland.

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