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U.S. Falling Behind China And Russia In Terms Of Nuclear Arsenal: STRATCOM

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U.S. Falling Behind China And Russia In Terms Of Nuclear Arsenal: STRATCOM

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The Chinese nuclear capability is improving at an incredible pace, and could soon be useable in actual conflict, Adm. Charles Richard, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command warned.

He told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had just ordered all briefs on Beijing’s nuclear weapons contain no intelligence information vetted more than one month earlier “because it’s probably out of date” that quickly.

Richard testified that China is capable of accurately deploying nuclear weapons anywhere within its region, and it “will soon be able to do so at intercontinental range.”

“I can’t get through a week right now, without finding out something we didn’t know about China,” Richard told senators in a hearing alongside Army Gen. James Dickinson, who leads U.S. Space Command.

Additionally, he said Moscow was also getting ahead of Washington.

Russia is “aggressively engaged” in “conventional nuclear capability development and modernization, and are now roughly 80% complete while we are at zero,” said Adm. Charles Richard.

“It is easier to describe what they are not modernizing — nothing — than what they are, which is pretty much everything,” Richard said.

While China’s nuclear stockpile is vastly smaller than the United States’ and Russia’s nuclear arsenals, it is undergoing an “unprecedented expansion,” Richard said in his opening testimony.

Russia and the US are limited to some 1,550 nuclear warheads on deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, deployed submarine-launched ballistic missiles and deployed heavy bombers equipped for nuclear armaments, according to the latest START treaty.

It is estimated that China has only about 320 warheads, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Despite China’s nuclear weapons arsenal has grown dramatically, Russia remains the primary nuclear threat for the United States, Richard said. While the U.S. has yet to field any recent updates to its nuclear forces, Russia is about 80% complete in modernizing its nuclear capabilities, the admiral said.

“While we are at 0% [modernization], it is easier to describe what they’re [Russia] not modernizing — nothing,” he said. “What they are [upgrading] is pretty much everything, including several never-before-seen capabilities.”

Currently, the US nuclear posture is undergoing review. The purpose of the review is to “reduce the goal of nuclear weapons in our defense strategy,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, during the hearing.

Richard said he supported the ongoing review, but he cautioned against some lawmakers’ recent targeting of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, the planned $95 billion replacement for the military’s 1970s-era Minuteman III ICBMs, as a potential cut to save money.

The Minuteman III missiles must either be replaced by the GBSD or retired, Richard said, calling them “leftovers of the Cold War” that have become too obsolete to be life-extended with temporary fixes.

Without ICBMs, the United States would be forced to change drastically its approach to nuclear operations, Richard said.

“I’ve already told the secretary of defense that under those conditions, I would request to re-alert the bombers,” he said.

This would place some of the Air Force’s B-52 Stratofortress and/or B-2 Spirit bombers armed with nuclear weapons and prepared to fly at all times.

Richard urged senators to watch the actions of the Chinese and Russians to modernize their nuclear forces as they debate the future of the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

“It’s the only weapon system you don’t have to pull the trigger on for it to work,” he said of the nuclear weapons that he oversees.

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13 comments

  1. johnny rotten says:

    Lesson No. 1 on American propagandists, when they admit some defeats publicly, it means that the news is old years old, they are used to closing the stable when the horses have escaped and died for years.

  2. Ivan Freely says:

    Meh…the usual tactic in getting Congress to open the purse strings.

    It is estimated that China has only about 320 warheads, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

    Estimated? LOL Frankly I believe China’s arsenal is much higher than 320.

    1. Lone Ranger says:

      2-3000 is more realistic.

    2. Supreme Blyat says:

      They keep the surplus in NK

  3. Lone Ranger says:

    That’s pretty obvious for anybody.
    The Minuteman III is from the early 70s still run with floppy disk drives and drum memory.
    And the Trident IIs are highly unreliable.
    Meanwhile Russia and China has deployed not one but multiple types of ICBMs and hypersonic glide vehicles…

    1. Ricky Miller says:

      Not only that but being liquid fueled by the hundreds means costly and complicated maintenance on the missiles and the Launch infrastructure around them. Through so many cycles it has reduced reliability in terms of how many missiles will actually be ready to launch on the time frames they might be needed to. Because of the aging structure in the American and British SSBN fleets we are now reaching a point of Russian strategic advantage unlike anything ever seen before. American and British deterrence is in decline.

      1. Assad must stay says:

        russian ruling of earth lol

  4. Jesus says:

    “”” Currently, the US nuclear posture is undergoing review. The purpose of the review is to “reduce the goal of nuclear weapons in our defense strategy,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, during the hearing.””

    That is hogwash, US always wanted to retain first strike capability, you don’t do that by reducing the number of nuclear weapons. The problem is, the Minutemen 3 is outdated and unreliable, the Air Force wants to retire it, however Congress does not seem to want to spend the money for a new ICBM (estimated to cost between 100-250 billion), and seems content to replace them with bombers, so instead of a triad, they will have a dyad. Until B21 becomes operational, they will use B52s taken out of mothballs.
    This is another sign the Empire does not have the money nor the economic base to keep up the arms race against Russia and China in the short term.
    ICBMs are considered the sledge hammer in case of a nuclear strike, while submarine and bombers deliver the second and third strike capabilities.

    1. Assad must stay says:

      and russia developing latest best nukes and lasers :))

  5. Tommy Jensen says:

    US Defence Department suck on a stone to barely survive.

  6. Assad must stay says:

    good lol

  7. cechas vodobenikov says:

    pozadi amerika

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