Category Archives: Nuclear

Russia is number one threat to United States and Nato | World | News | Daily Express

RUSSIA is now the “number one threat” to the United States because of its nuclear capability, top US military officials have warned.

The officials’ comments came amid concerns over Donald Trump’s promise to build closer ties with Vladimir Putin.

Air Force Secretary Deborah James, said: “Russia is the number one threat to the United States.

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“We have a number of threats that we’re dealing with, but Russia could be, because of the nuclear aspect, an existential threat to the United States.”

Russia is number one threat to United States and Nato | World | News | Daily Express

They’re a little late with this. Where were they 10 years ago?

James Mattis warned that land-based nuclear missiles pose false alarm danger | US news | The Guardian

James Mattis, the retired general Donald Trump has chosen to be the next US defence secretary, has questioned the need for land-based nuclear missiles on the grounds they represent a higher risk than other weapons of being launched on a false alarm.

Mattis raised doubts about US nuclear orthodoxy in a statement to Congress in 2015, raising the issue over whether nuclear deterrence should continue to rest on a “triad” of weapon types: land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched missiles and warheads carried by air force bombers. During the campaign, Trump vowed to proceed with current plans to modernise all three legs of the triad, with an estimated price tag of half a trillion dollars over 20 years.

James Mattis warned that land-based nuclear missiles pose false alarm danger | US news | The Guardian

Inside the Ring: Russia holds large-scale nuclear war games – Washington Times

One official said the exercises, involving numerous launches of nuclear missiles, were gauged to be at levels that reached or exceeded the kind of Soviet strategic force exercises held during the Cold War.

“This resembled the days of the Soviet Union in both numbers and breadth of exercises,” said one official familiar with reports of the maneuvers.

The Russians also recently conducted a large-scale civil defense evacuation exercise involving some 40 million people.

“This is unprecedented since the end of the Soviet Union,” Mr. Schneider said. “After the election, I expect to see strong nuclear threats from Moscow aimed at getting its way on missile defense, sanctions and Russian domination of Eastern Europe.”

Inside the Ring: Russia holds large-scale nuclear war games – Washington Times

We are clearly in a new ballgame. Russia is serious about being prepared for nuclear war. Meanwhile, the US sleeps. But Russia claims it is only preparing because it expects a nuclear attack from the US. The same US who is utterly unprepared for any kind of major war.

Republican Congressmen Say Russia Further Violated Nuke Treaty

The congressmen disclosed in the letter sent Monday that Moscow’s violations of the INF Treaty have “worsened,” though they did not elaborate on the breaches.

“It has become apparent to us that the situation regarding Russia’s violation has worsened and Russia is now in material breach of the Treaty,” Thornberry and Nunes wrote.

The representatives warned that Russia’s “near-decade long pattern” of violations gone unpunished has placed the treaty “on the verge of collapse,” putting U.S. forces abroad and allies at risk.

Republican Congressmen Say Russia Further Violated Nuke Treaty

Russia’s nuclear brinksmanship alarms national security experts | TheBlaze.com

However, an emboldened Vladimir Putin has of late shown an increasing willingness to tie disputes over nuclear policy to other, unrelated disputes, a move that alarms many national security experts on both ends of the political spectrum, some of whom believe that Russia is attempting to intentionally provoke a conflict with the United States. As reported by ForeignPolicy.com, advisors to the current administration are sounding the alarm, and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is taking their cues:

“It very much feels like we are entering a very troubled and dangerous phase in this bilateral relationship,“ said Julianne Smith, a former senior Pentagon official who oversaw NATO policy and a former senior advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. “The next president will face some big strategic choices,” said Smith, who now advises Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Europe and Russia. . .

Following the failure of the Obama administration’s bid to “reset” policy with the Kremlin and capped by Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012, Russia has increasingly insisted on linking disparate issues, refusing to cooperate even on areas of common interest in order to pressure Washington on other disputes. That’s the opposite of how things worked in the era of superpower detente in the 1970s, when both countries obeyed clear boundaries and unwritten rules. Decisions on nuclear weapons, in particular, were kept apart from other issues and disputes around the globe.

The Kremlin jettisoned that approach after its annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its intervention in Syria in 2015, marking a definitive departure for Moscow and Washington, which had managed to wall off areas of disagreement from arms control cooperation.

Conservative talk-radio personality and former CIA officer Buck Sexton agrees that Russia is intentionally brandishing its nuclear arsenal in an attempt to bolster its global influence. When reached for comment, Sexton told TheBlaze:

Russia’s nuclear brinksmanship alarms national security experts | TheBlaze.com

Once you reach a tipping point, then time really becomes a noticeable enemy. Going forward with Russia, we will notice that Russia is very sensitive to everything – by blowing things out of proportion. This is more evidence that an actual nuclear war is not too far off into the future.

Russia Is Building Fallout Shelters to Prepare for a Potential Nuclear Strike – The Daily Beast

Russia’s preparing for war. Is this self-defense, an implied threat to the West, an excuse for political repression, or all of the above?

The last time Russians heard authorities talk like this about a potential mobilization for a nuclear strike was 20 years ago, and it all seemed highly improbable. Now, it appears, the Kremlin is not joking. Up to 40 million people participated in the recent civil defense exercises all across the country, learning about how to hide and where exactly to run to in case of a nuclear war.

But whether the motive behind this is self-defense, an implied threat to the West, a means to mobilize and control public opinion, or all of the above, is not entirely clear.

Russia Is Building Fallout Shelters to Prepare for a Potential Nuclear Strike – The Daily Beast

Naive Nuclear Proposals for a Dangerous World – WSJ

Finally, U.S. ICBMs are not on a hair trigger, as their opponents claim. To protect against the possibility of an accidental strike, the U.S. entered into agreements in the 1990s with other nuclear powers to replace actual targets with broad ocean sites as the targets in their missiles’ guidance computers. The U.S. continues this practice—an inconvenient fact rarely acknowledged by hair-trigger critics.

Recent advocacy for U.S. adoption of a no-first-use policy and the elimination of America’s ICBMs ignores all such real-world considerations. These are naive proposals—suited to a benign world that does not exist and offered by activists who have yet to figure that out.

Naive Nuclear Proposals for a Dangerous World – WSJ

Russia suspends nuclear R&D pact with United States | Science | AAAS

Even during the Cold War things were never this bad, U.S. officials say. On 5 October, the Russian government suspended an agreement with the United States on nuclear R&D cooperation and terminated another on retooling Russian research reactors to no longer run on weapons-grade uranium fuel. The suspensions are largely symbolic, but have nonetheless plunged relations between the world’s most formidable nuclear powers to a new low and driven a new wedge between nuclear science communities that had forged close ties in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse a quarter-century ago.

Russia suspends nuclear R&D pact with United States | Science | AAAS

US think tank warns North Korea could develop up to 100 nuclear weapons by 2020

A US-based think tank has estimated that given the pace of North Korea’s nuclear programme, Pyongyang could have enough fissile material to develop up to 100 nuclear weapons by 2020. The organisation has warned ahead of the US presidential elections that the new administration would face major challenges from the East Asian country, highlighting the need to review its policy on Pyongyang.

In its latest report, Rand Corporation – an American nonprofit global policy think tank – said that Japan and South Korea are “losing faith in the US nuclear umbrella”. The think tank warned that it was upset as Washington failed to constrain North Korea’s nuclear programme, which has led to the two US allies to call for “independent nuclear arsenals”.

US think tank warns North Korea could possess up to 100 nuclear weapons by 2020

The United States and Russia Are Prepping for Doomsday | Foreign Policy

With the collapse of yet another arms reduction agreement, Washington and Moscow are now sitting on a stockpile of plutonium good for tens of thousands of nuclear weapons.

The United States and Russia have lots and lots of plutonium left over from the Cold War. Neither country makes new plutonium anymore, or at least no weapons-grade plutonium, but don’t worry — there’s still more than enough to keep you up at night. The International Panel on Fissile Materials, at Princeton University, estimates the stockpiles of weapons-grade plutonium at 88 metric tons for the United States and 128 metric tons for Russia. To give you a sense of how much plutonium that is, it is an unclassified fact that a nuclear weapon can be made with as little as 4 kilograms of plutonium. It’s a slightly touchier subject that this is the average in the U.S. stockpile — one can make do with less. But let’s do the math: Even at 4 kilograms per nuclear weapon, 88 metric tons represents enough material for 22,000 nuclear weapons.

The United States and Russia Are Prepping for Doomsday | Foreign Policy