In a release of National Posture Review (NPR) by Trump Administration, “US is more likely to use nuclear weapons”.
On January 27, 2017, Department of Defense was directed, by the President of USA, Donald Trump, to prepare a National Posture Review to detail the nuclear deterrent strategy, and the diverse set of nuclear capabilities that “provides an American President flexibility to tailor the approach to deterring one or more potential adversaries in different circumstances.”
The report was released yesterday February 2018 and can be accessed here.
It clearly articulates that USA will never never stop the modernization of nuclear weapons, despite all the deterrent [sic] strategies it employs, at the face value.
Jon B. Wolfsthal, Director, Nuclear Crisis Group, and former USG civil servant and Special Asst. to the President and NSC Senior Director; and now blocked by Trump on Twitter says:
Washington’s NPR endorses an aggressive approach to respond to Russia and other enemies over nuclear proliferation. In addition, aims to tackle “an unprecedented range and mix of threats” posed by foreign powers including Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.
An important change from existing nuclear weapons policy is the speedy development and expansion of circumstances in which nuclear threats would be considered as an option. The document enlists non-nuclear spells that could establish the bed for US nuclear retaliation.
The new NPR is indicative of a predictable attack which could result in mass casualties and, in some cases, targets key infrastructure which, as a result, could trigger a nuclear response.
It presages that Russia will continue to develop and deploy new nuclear warheads and launchers and will “continue to increase its warhead delivery capacity” in the future.
Washington identifies “troubling” Russia’s implementation of military strategies and capabilities that depend on nuclear escalation, according to the NPR.
“Russia has demonstrated its willingness to use force to alter the map of Europe and impose its will on its neighbors, backed by implicit and explicit nuclear first-use threats,” the report says.
“We do not want to regard Russia as an adversary,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, Anita E. Friedt told at the NPR roll-out at the Pentagon on Friday. “This not a Russia-centric NPR.”
The US “remains committed to the moratorium on nuclear testing.” National Nuclear Security Administration Administrator, Steve Erhart, added.
The evaluation also calls for more incorporation between nuclear and non-nuclear forces and upgrading F-35 fighter aircraft to carry nuclear bombs and missiles.
“The strategy develops capabilities aimed at making use of nuclear weapons less likely,” the White House said on a statement on Friday. “It enhances deterrence of strategic attacks against our Nation, and our allies and partners, that may not come in the form of nuclear weapons.”
Many experts have received the NPR with cynicism.
Adam Mount, senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, suspected the review of reflecting a “slanted view” of the world and an “obsolete theory of deterrence and war fighting.”
“Rather than working to reduce nuclear dangers, the nation’s nuclear policy now reflects the reasoning of US adversaries and readily follows them into a more dangerous world,” Mount wrote in Foreign Affairs magazine on Friday.
As NPR reads to me, angry Uncle Sam’s finger is on the nuke. So, get ready to blow-up.