The Pentagon Has Plans for New Nuclear Weapons

Marsha Scott
January 19, 2018

The posture review is a report that the U.S. has undertaken every year since 1994 in order to gauge the role of nuclear weapons within the country's security strategy. In May 2017, the WannaCry cyberattack crippled the British healthcare system (the Trump administration publicly accused North Korea of orchestrating the attack); the next month, Wired detailed how Russian Federation used a Trojan horse malware, BlackEnergy, to disable everything from power grids to railway systems across Ukraine - and the New York Times claims BlackEnergy has been identified in the systems of some us utilities. "The development of nuclear warheads is funded by the Energy Department". This could be available to the military within the next two years, according to experts.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal is reporting the Pentagon is also planning to develop two new sea-based nuclear weapons.

The Pentagon and the National Nuclear Security Agency must develop a sea-ground ballistic missile for this objective, the document says.

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He argues that fewer, more powerful nuclear weapons would counter the "misplaced confidence" of U.S. enemies in the belief that Washington will never use its conventional, too powerful and destructive nuclear weapons. The Journal reports that a full nuclear modernization could eat up about 6.4 percent of the Defense Department's budget, more than double what it now spends on nuclear weapons, and that "if the Pentagon doesn't secure the spending increases it anticipates, this could heighten the competition between nuclear and nonnuclear programs for budgetary resources". The first weapon is a low-yield nuclear warhead that could be delivered by the Trident missiles carried by USA submarines.

"The pro-nuclear ideologues say that for a real deterrent, the United States must align itself with the enemy's arsenal, with the weapon, with the power", Blechman said. "The second thing at the core is a desire to achieve to deterrence by making America's threat to use nuclear weapons first more credible". The NPR "definitely makes the nuclear risks greater", Wofsthal contended.

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