The nation’s new Nuclear Posture Review explains that nuclear weaponry is needed by the United States because conventional forces don’t “provide comparable deterrence effects,” outlines a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
And besides that, there are groups known to support “terrorist efforts to obtain or employ nuclear devices.”
The 2018 NPR, a document traditionally created during the first year of a new president’s tenure, recently has become available.
In an analysis, the Federation of American scientists say the new plan “perceives a rapidly deteriorating threat environment in which potential nuclear-armed adversaries are increasing their reliance on nuclear weapons and follows suit.”
“The review reverses decades of bipartisan policy and orders what would be the first new nuclear weapons since the end of the Cold War. Furthermore, the document expands the use of circumstances in which the United States would consider employing nuclear weapons to include ‘non-nuclear strategic attacks,'” wrote the analysts.
The new weapons “contribute uniquely to the deterrence of both nuclear and non-nuclear aggression.”
The report states conventional forces also “do not adequately assure many allies” of America’s ability to fulfill its defense obligations.
Regarding possible adversaries, the report argues “that a range of Russian and Chinese activities have caused the international threat environment to worsen.”
According to the FAS analysis, “other nuclear-armed adversaries have failed to follow America’s lead in reducing reliance on nuclear weapons.”
“In this, it claims that Russia plans for ‘limited nuclear first use’ to prevail in limited conflict, though there is thin evidence that this is Russian doctrine. The document concedes that China has not altered its doctrine, while North Korea’s capabilities are so rudimentary that ‘increased reliance’ has little meaning.”