Five Myths About the Nuclear Posture Review

Five Myths About the Nuclear Posture Review

Five Myths About the Nuclear Posture Review

Known officially as a nuclear posture review, and customarily done at the outset of a new administration, the report drew blistering criticism from arms control groups.

It denied accusations against Russian Federation made in the United States document.

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Friday called for "flexible" nuclear capabilities without ruling out the use of nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks against the United States and its allies.

The review recommends modifying "a small number" of existing nuclear warheads on Trident missiles carried on US submarines to reduce the weapons' explosive power. But Trump sees a fuller deterrent role for these weapons, as reflected in the plan to develop new capabilities to counter Russian Federation in Europe. The weapon could trigger a tsunami wave of radioactive water that would blanket a coastal city. Politicians have called the torpedo a "doomsday" weapon. Iran and North Korea's increasing nuclear capabilities was also noted as a catalyst for the change in strategy. The report also, for the first time publicly, said Russian Federation was developing a hypersonic, nuclear-powered undersea torpedo. Both China and Russian Federation are also developing new missile-defense systems, the report concludes.

"The SLC-M would reassure Japan and South Korea against the nuclear threat from South Korea", the "Post" said.

Still, Russia tends to be a successful rationale for new spending, no matter how unreasonable, and may deflect long-standing concerns that this scheme is actually just making nuclear weapons more usable, and as a result, making nuclear warfare more common in the future.

"The new NPR recognizes that in order to deter these potential threats, we must maintain a variety of nuclear capabilities".

Kono said Japan, which relies on the US nuclear umbrella, "shares with the United States the same recognition of such a severe security environment".

The United States already has a massive nuclear arsenal, including 150 B-61 nukes stored across multiple European countries that can be configured for low-yield options.

The new nuclear weapons policy follows on President Donald Trump's promise before taking office to expand and strengthen US nuclear capabilities. This postulates that Russian Federation would threaten the use of tactical nuclear weapons to bring to an end a military confrontation with the West it feared eventually losing.

"It is important that we not let a button-measuring contest devolve into a button-pushing contest", he said.

The report also calls for a modern nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile, which President George H.W. Bush stopped using and President Obama officially retired as part of the longtime strategy to reduce the number of nuclear weapons and lessen the role of the weapons in the US defense policy.

This could mean, according to the United States military, that those weapons are no longer an effective deterrent. NBC News reported that in a July meeting at the Pentagon, he asked for the nuclear stockpile to be increased tenfold; it was after this meeting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allegedly called the president a "moron". He repeated that promise Tuesday during his State of the Union speech.

At a Pentagon briefing, DoD, Energy Department and State Department officials declined to give cost estimates on the NPR's proposals for modernizing the nation's nuclear triad of land-based missiles, long-range bombers and submarines, but the Congressional Budget Office has put the price tag at $1.2 trillion through 2040.

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