United States wants smaller nukes to counter Russia — Nuclear Posture Review

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Already, myths of a nuclear Armageddon have monopolized the media space.

As with the phrase regarding extreme circumstances, much of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review attempts to reassure readers that it is not so different from past documents. The review recommends a two-step solution.

Most significantly, North Korea is pursuing a nuclear path in direct contravention of the NPT and in direct opposition to numerous UN Security Council resolutions, the report said.

The Nuclear Posture Review makes the case for the continued importance of nuclear triad for deterring aggression and preserving peace.

2. A world without nuclear weapons is not safer.

"That's why the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons bans all nuclear weapons, and the threatening of their use".

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It also cast China as a potential nuclear adversary, saying the U.S. arsenal was tailored to "prevent Beijing from mistakenly concluding" that it could gain advantage by using its nuclear weapons in Asia. "What do they need nuclear depth charges for?" one U.S. official asked.

The NPR recommends lowering the yield of some existing submarine-launched ballistic missile warheads, and bringing back a nuclear sea-based launched cruise missile, he said.

Low-yield ballistic missiles could be fielded within just a few years. "To be clear, this is not meant to, nor does it enable, "nuclear war-fighting".

But others maintain that the new nuclear weapons strategy makes sense and argue that there's a need to strengthen nuclear deterrence capabilities, including through smaller "low-yield" bombs.

The Pentagon worries Russian Federation assumes America's regular, large-yield weapons are essentially too big to ever be detonated, as their use would likely result in large-scale retaliation and wipe much of humanity off the map.

The Trump administration on Friday announced it will continue much of the Obama administration's nuclear weapons policy, but take a more aggressive stance toward Russian Federation. 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. "We want to see a world that is free of nuclear weapons, but our nuclear policy needs to be rooted in the reality of the world we live in, where aggressive regimes like North Korea threaten us and our allies with their pursuit of illegal nuclear and ballistic weapons".

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Asked whether the two new nuclear weapons are needed to deter Russia, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday, "We are deterring nations that have spoken about using nuclear weapons". He said the missile would be fielded "in the near term", but he refused to be more specific. It communicates to adversaries that the U.S.is willing to contemplate the use of the most devastating weapons it has at its disposal in response to large-scale attacks, regardless of how those attacks are conducted.

It also endorsed modernizing the network of communications systems, warning satellites and radars, and command centers that are used to control the nuclear arsenal.

The review comes at a critical moment in the nation's history, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis wrote in the preface of the NPR, adding "America confronts an global security situation that is more complex and demanding than any since the end of the Cold War". It also said the US will "strengthen the integration of nuclear and non-nuclear military planning".

The nation and allies will require their stabilizing effects for decades to come.

The Trump administration concluded that the U.S. should largely follow its predecessor's blueprint for modernizing the nuclear arsenal, including new bomber aircraft, submarines and land-based missiles.

Trump's policy is more aggressive toward Russia because it seeks the development of smaller-scale nuclear weapons, which Russia already has, so that the US will not have to choose between launching a large nuclear weapon and mere conventional weapons in response to a hypothetical small-scale Russian strike on a USA ally.

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