CND urges government to condemn Trump's nuclear weapons policy

Posted January 14, 2018

Russian Federation has advantages over the United States and its allies in the production of nuclear weapons, the unclassified part of the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) obtained by Huffington Post reads, Sputnik reports. A variation of the review was carried out by each of the last two administrations, and typically informs strategy for years going forward.

A version of the Nuclear Posture Review obtained by the Huffington Post shows that beyond the planned replacement of US nuclear capabilities, the President and his advisers want "supplemental" attack methods.

The nuclear posture review (NPR), the first in eight years, is expected to be published after Donald Trump's state-of-the-nation speech at the end of January.

The report comes as the US officials grow increasingly concerned that North Korea might use cyber attacks alongside conventional weapons.

Potential artificial intelligence (AI) applications, while creating new opportunities for cybersecurity, add another layer of complexity for nuclear weapons that could be exploited.

"But my sense is that there already is a nuclear arms race", she said.

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The document, called the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, lays out what appears to be a new approach to nuclear deterrence that relies on acquiring weapons with comparatively "low"-level destructive capabilities meant to convince nations like Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea that the United States has weapons in its arsenal that it would hypothetically be willing to use".

Jon Wolfsthal, special assistant to Barack Obama on arms control and nonproliferation, stated the new nuclear posture review prepared by the Pentagon, envisages a modified version of the Trident D5 submarine-launched missiles with only part of its normal warhead, with the intention of deterring the use of tactical warheads deployed in conflict in Eastern Europe.

Threatening nuclear attack to counter new kinds of "asymmetric" threats is unnecessary, would increase the risk of nuclear weapons use, and would make it easier for other countries to justify excessive roles for nuclear weapons in their policies. They're supposed to be some the US can wage a "small" nuclear war if the situation demands it, but it's worth remembering that there's no fuckin" thing as a "small nuclear war'.

"The Pentagon's underlying motivation", Blair said, "is fear of Russia's new option for striking US and Western European civilian infrastructure - financial, energy, transportation and communications - with cyber and conventional forces".

Will Trump kill the Iran nuclear deal this week? The document claims that Russia is threatening to use these smaller nuclear weapons; the USA needs to match and deter the Russians in kind.

However, the researchers said cyber risks in nuclear weapons systems have so far received scant attention from the nuclear weapons policy community.

Potential weaknesses include rudimentary components, the report said. Despite the nickname, the warheads would still likely pack a punch larger than the explosions that leveled the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.