United States says Russian Federation growing 'doomsday nuke DRONE TORPEDO' and WW3 fears rising

by Susie Olson February 4, 2018, 1:32
United States says Russian Federation growing 'doomsday nuke DRONE TORPEDO' and WW3 fears rising

However, Rood also stressed that the US nuclear policy does not call for the automatic use of nuclear weapons in certain circumstances.

The United States now operates 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines and will continue to take the steps needed to ensure those submarines remain operationally effective and survivable until replaced by the Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines, the NPR explains. We must return to a more sober dialogue and approach to policy.

The AP reports that the Trump administration "said Russian Federation must be persuaded it would face "unacceptably dire costs" if it were to threaten even limited nuclear attack in Europe".

The United States will also incorporate nuclear capability onto the F-35 bombers, which would be used as a replacement for the current aging dual-capable aircraft. Officials say the SLCM would provide reassurance to Japan and South Korea in the face of threats from North Korea and put pressure on Russian Federation to stop violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. As former Secretary of State George Shultz told Congress last month, "I fear people have lost that sense of dread".

"These developments, coupled with Russia's seizure of Crimea and nuclear threats against our allies, mark Moscow's decided return to Great Power competition", he also wrote. That is not the case now.

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 USA considers Russia's aggression in Ukraine and violations of existing arms deals. When the board's recommendation was exposed to the light of day by the two of us and others in 2013, it was publicly rebuked and, as a matter of policy, quietly discarded.

What is behind the United States proposals?

Sen. John Hoeven on Friday issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Defense released its Nuclear Posture Review, which establishes U.S. nuclear policy and strategy, and outlines the nation's capabilities and force for the coming years.

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Based on a leaked draft of the nuclear posture, 16 Democratic U.S. senators, including senators from Washington, California and IL, wrote to President Donald Trump on Monday that his nuclear policy would "increase the risk of a nuclear arms race and raise the real possibility of a nuclear conflict".

We can state with regret that the United States explains its policies for a large-scale boost of nuclear weapons by referring to the modernization of the nuclear forces in Russia and alleged increasing role of nuclear weapons in the Russian doctrine statements. Removing them would reduce the risk of terrorism and instability, and would free up resources across North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for other urgent defense tasks. Congress will have to determine whether such systems are worth funding and, if so, how to afford them given the massive and growing costs of modernizing just the existing triad of nuclear systems deployed by the United States.

The new NPR provided a blueprint for modernizing and rebuilding the USA nuclear force, Trump said. So rather than move in the direction of reducing nuclear risks by removing nuclear weapons from vulnerable sites, we will instead further cement them in place - when there is ample evidence of terrorist interest in nuclear facilities and, as is presently true in Turkey, evidence that the security of USA nuclear weapons reportedly stored there can change literally overnight.

A major breakthrough in the Cold War that radically reduced the chances of nuclear conflict came with the recognition by American and Russian leaders that our countries could not out-arms-race each other. In an apparent reference to the threat of catastrophic cyberattack, he said the US aims to strengthen deterrence of major attacks against the USA and its allies, including those that "may not come in the form of nuclear weapons".

State Department official Anita Fried said at the briefing that "I would not call this a Russia-centric NPR", but the summary underlined the need to convince Russian Federation that it would face "unacceptably dire costs" if it were to threaten a limited nuclear attack in Europe against North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"This country possesses an extremely robust, highly credible nuclear deterrent that is capable of responding to any attack and defending our allies with decisive force", said Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, adding the advanced weapons will "lower the threshold for using nuclear weapons".

Richard Clarke, chairman of Good Harbor Security Risk Management, was special adviser to the president for cybersecurity in the George W. Bush administration.

"We strongly urge you to reconsider", they wrote.

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