Trump plan calls for new nuclear weapons
The Trump administration Friday proposed the development of two new types of nuclear weapons with less powerful explosive capacity, following a 10-month assessment of the atomic arsenal.
"Expanding flexible U.S. nuclear options now, to include low-yield options, is important for the preservation of credible deterrence against regional aggression," states the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review, the first such reassessment since 2010.
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The review calls for a new cruise missile and ballistic missile that could be launched from submarines to better deter Russia, North Korea and other potential adversaries that are employing their own new weapons. But it is likely to set off fierce debate in Congress over the cost and fears of a new arms race.
The unclassified summary, however, maintains the new options will "help ensure that potential adversaries perceive no possible advantage in limited nuclear escalation, making nuclear employment less likely."
February 2, 2018 at 01:20PM