Pentagon reveals new nuclear weapons strategy, reversing Obama-era policy

Pentagon reveals new nuclear weapons strategy, reversing Obama-era policy

Pentagon reveals new nuclear weapons strategy, reversing Obama-era policy

It is believed to be more powerful than any weapon in the US and Russian arsenals, NPR reported.

"The Trump administration's call for new nuclear weapons is a major shift in United States policy", Mount said when asked the proposal for low-yield nuclear weapons.

In reality, low-yield weapons would be useless with respect to Russian Federation, who has its own large nuclear arsenal, making nuclear exchanges unthinkable.

"This is a response to Russian expansion of their capability and the nature of their strategy and doctrine", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wrote in the 75-page summary of the sweeping review, which also highlights US concerns about North Korea, Iran, and China.

Pentagon officials said Friday that the United States is developing a ground-launched, intermediate-range cruise missile to counter a similar Russian weapon.

Weaver, speaking alongside Shanahan, added that the US would be willing to sideline development of the low-yield weapon should the Russians "redress the imbalance in non-strategic nuclear forces".

US officials say the Russian program includes a drone-type device fired underwater with the potential of traveling thousands of miles and the capability of striking USA targets along the coast, including military bases and cities.

Moscow also expressed its concern over the fact that the U.S. maintains and upgrades its tactical nuclear weapons in Europe, deploying them "in the immediate vicinity of the Russian borders".

Pavel Podvig, an arms control expert who runs a blog called Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces, told NPR that the weapon may not even exist-with the drawing shown on Russian television fakes created to broadcast the message that the U.S.' air defenses could not protect it. It said Russian Federation must be convinced it would face "unacceptably dire costs" if it were to threaten even a limited nuclear attack in Europe.


President Obama had made nuclear disarmament a goal of his administration and said the USA had a "moral obligation" to lead the world by example.

A risky disconnect is emerging between the horrific impacts of even the limited use of nuclear weapons and leaders and policymakers who seem intent on threatening nuclear use in an ever-expanding range of scenarios. "To be clear, this is not meant to, nor does it enable, "nuclear war-fighting".

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 US wants to build new nuclear arsenal because Russian Federation now perceives its nuclear capabilities as inadequate, officials told Reuters.

President Donald Trump ordered Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to conduct the Nuclear Posture Review one year ago.

The review is calling for all of this along with an overall modernization of the nuclear force because the Pentagon requires an "investment in a credible nuclear deterrent with diverse capabilities", chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White told reporters. Furthermore, the United States has had low-yield nuclear weapons in its inventory for decades, he said.

The Pentagon's nuclear review is its first in eight years, and the new document closely follows its predecessor with a few exceptions.

John Blaxland, Professor of International Security and Intelligence Studies and director of ANU's Southeast Asia Institute, said the mistake was embarrassing but wasn't worth reading too much into. Second, "in the longer term", the administration would develop a nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile _ re-establishing a weapon that existed during the Cold War but was retired in 2011 by the Obama administration.

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