US Military Wants to Bring Back Nuclear Cruise Missiles Obama Retired

Toni Houston
January 14, 2018

As opposed to Obama, who sought to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in USA defence, it looks like the new administration is keen to turn up the heat.

Among the new weapons proposed are so-called "low-yield nukes" that could be mounted to existing Trident ballistic missiles launched from submarines.

Trump's new nuclear policy is significantly more hawkish than the posture adopted by the Obama administration, which sought to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in USA defense. It is the first review of its kind since 2010 and is among several studies of security strategy undertaken since Trump took office.

The Department of Defense was not available to respond to a request from Newsweek to confirm or deny the authenticity of the document at the time of writing. Jon Wolfsthal, who was special assistant to Barack Obama on arms control and nonproliferation, says a new review by the Pentagon endorses new low-yield warheads with the intention of acting as a deterrent to Russian Federation. As the document is a draft, it is possible changes will be made ahead of the final publication.

"The Pentagon's underlying motivation", Blair said, "is fear of Russia's new option for striking USA and Western European civilian infrastructure - financial, energy, transportation and communications - with cyber and conventional forces".

Under the Obama administration, $1.3 trillion was spent on a 30-year plan to refurbish all the elements of the U.S. nuclear "triad" - intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and strategic bombers. "Solutions to these risks, therefore, should go beyond applying cyber security policies because, in this context, cyber risk reduction is actually about nuclear risk reduction".

"The missiles would reach their destination - whether Russia, China or North Korea - within 30 minutes".

North Korea is seen at the "most immediate and dire proliferation threat to worldwide security and stability".

The report continued: "The likelihood of attempted cyber attacks on nuclear weapons systems is relatively high and increasing from advanced persistent threats from states and non-state groups". Nonproliferation experts welcomed the decision at the time, but now express concern over the new review.

The administration, however, would have us believe that America is falling behind in military capability. "And, in fact, I don't think you can make the case that this president needs any more capabilities".

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The Huffington Post published online a draft of the nuclear policy report Thursday, and The Associated Press independently obtained a copy Friday.

Reintroducing cruise missiles was not the only worrying element of the review.

He also cautioned against moves to broaden the circumstances in which nuclear weapons would be used.

The overriding rationale for the development of the new "usable" Trident submarine-based cruise missiles is reportedly the Pentagon's contention that should the increasingly tense situation created by NATO's buildup of military forces on Russia's western border boil over into an armed conflict, Moscow would use low-yield tactical nuclear weapons with the expectation that the United States would not respond with an all-out thermonuclear attack.

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