Pentagon Planning  New Nuclear Weapons: Report

Pentagon Planning New Nuclear Weapons: Report

The U.S. is planning to develop new nuclear weapons, together with a "low yield" warhead, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

That low-yield warhead would be used with the Trident missile, a rocket deployed on U.S. Navy submarines, according to the Journal.

The Pentagon can also be planning to develop a new nuclear-armed cruise missile that would even be deployed at sea. That plan would reintroduce a system to the U.S. nuclear arsenal that was retired in 2010.

The recommendations for the new weapons are laid out in the Pentagon’s nuclear missile images - opendemocracy.net, Posture Evaluation, which was commissioned last 12 months by President Trump.

HuffPost published an unclassified draft copy of the review final week, though the Pentagon has said that the draft is "pre-decisional."

Nonetheless, the plans to develop the new nuclear weapons are available in response to growing navy threats from Russia and China, which the Pentagon says are moving toward an embrace of nuclear weapons in their strategies.

"While the United States has continued to reduce the number and salience of nuclear weapons, others, together with Russia and China, have moved in the opposite direction," a draft of the plan mentioned, in keeping with the Journal.

"The United States should be capable of developing and deploying new capabilities, if essential, to deter, assure, achieve U.S. targets if deterrence fails, and hedge towards uncertainty," it added.

At the identical time, the U.S. has sought to push back against North Korea's improvement of its nuclear arsenal and ballistic missiles, leading an international pressure campaign in an effort to pressure Pyongyang to abandon its plans.

The assessment pins the price of the plan to modernize and operate the U.S. nuclear arsenal at 6.4 percent of the Pentagon's price range, at most, in response to the Journal. It at the moment requires 2 to 3 percent.
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