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US Says Russia 'Developing' Undersea Nuclear-Armed Torpedo

US Says Russia 'Developing' Undersea Nuclear-Armed Torpedo

A new budget for the Pentagon, including its nuclear forces, is expected to be released in February, which should include plans detailed in Friday's report.

The 2018 Nuclear Poster Review released Friday notes the USA military will use "tailored deterrence" to prevent aggression and attacks across a spectrum of adversaries. It specifically points to a Russian doctrine known as "escalate to de-escalate", in which Moscow would use or threaten to use smaller-yield nuclear weapons in a limited, conventional conflict in Europe in the belief that doing so would compel the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to back down.

Shanahan argued the clarification was "stabilizing" because he said having a nuclear response option to extreme non-nuclear attacks "lowers the risk of nuclear use by anyone". We're going to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy and we want to reduce the number.

The Trump administration appears poised to expand the circumstances under which the United States might use nuclear weapons, including in response to a cyberattack. Root also said there was no "automaticity" to what the US would do in undefined "extreme circumstances".

The Nuclear Posture Review calls for a development of a low-yield warhead option for US submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Washington uses its traditional anti-Russian rhetoric to justify its own "large-scale nuclear weapons buildup", it added.

It is described as a "new intercontinental, nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered, undersea autonomous torpedo", which could be deployed from beneath a submarine. -Russian relationship today. In part, this stems from two contextual factors-the lack of trust and communication in bilateral ties and the rise of new non-nuclear weapons technologies. U.S. officials also argue that since the last NPR in 2010 Russian Federation has expanded and modernised its non-strategic nuclear weapons and annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

The new policy - the first update of the Nuclear Posture Review since 2010 - pushes modernization of USA nuclear weapons, infrastructure and delivery systems. There is also a strong case for improving the resilience of outdated nuclear command-and-control systems that are becoming highly vulnerable to cyber-hacking and new space weapons.

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Some arms control groups were not happy with the review's findings. Furthermore, the United States has had low-yield nuclear weapons in its inventory for decades, he said.

Current and former Pentagon officials said that Russian military doctrine increasingly envisions using a limited nuclear strike to win a conflict in Europe, believing the USA and its allies might not want to risk large-scale nuclear war under those circumstances. It is worth noting that there is already and will continue to be a sustained debate about whether either of these systems is needed to deter Russian Federation or convince it of America's nuclear deterrent capabilities.

She added the administration was blurring the line between nuclear and conventional war-fighting.

Mattis told reporters the United States should not put all of its focus into defending attacks because it also needs better offensive options that match other countries' nuclear abilities.

The NPR reaffirms that the fundamental role of US nuclear policy is deterrence and continues the clear commitment to non-proliferation and arms control, Shanahan said in a Pentagon press briefing.

In a statement Friday, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons said the Trump nuclear doctrine "deliberately increases" the risk of nuclear weapons use by taking such weapons "out of the silos and onto the battlefield".


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