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Trump Admin. Outlines New Nuclear Policy to Counter Russia

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By    |   Monday, 05 February 2018 10:04 AM

President Donald Trump's administration last week released a new policy on nuclear weapons intended to counter Russia's own weapons technologies and tactics, The New York Times reports. 

Despite his predecessor signing a treaty between the U.S. and Russia pledging to keep their nuclear arsenals low, Trump's administration has unveiled new plans for low-yield nuclear weapons following his call to "modernize and rebuild or nuclear arsenal" in his State of the Union address.

"Past assumptions that our capability to produce nuclear weapons would not be necessary and that we could permit the required infrastructure to age into obsolescence have proven to be mistaken," argues the report, known as the Nuclear Posture Review.

"It is now clear that the United States must have sufficient research, design, development and production capacity to support the sustainment and replacement of its nuclear forces."

Franklin C. Miller, a nuclear expert and who worked in George W. Bush's administration and acted as an informal consultant on the new policy, told the Times that "Obama's theory was that we will lead the way in reducing our reliance on nuclear weapons and everyone else will do the same," but "it didn't work out that way. The Russians have been fielding systems while we haven't, and our first new system won't be ready until 2026 or 2027."

"This is a very mainstream nuclear policy," Miller added. "Nothing in it deserves the criticism it has received."

"We're simply mirroring the reckless Russian doctrine," said Andrew C. Weber, former assistant defense secretary in the Obama administration who was in charge of overseeing the country's nuclear arsenal. "We can already deter any strike. We have plenty of low-yield weapons.

"The new plan is a fiction created to justify the making of new nuclear arms. They'll just increase the potential for their use and for miscalculation. The administration's logic is Kafkaesque."

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