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New Nuclear Threats to the U.S.: Better to Deter Them or Play Dead?

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New Nuclear Threats to the U.S.: Better to Deter Them or Play Dead?

by Peter Huessy  •  Gatestone Institute

  • At present, exactly zero percent of America's nuclear platforms are modernized.

  • Worse, when, in 2017, General Hyten... warned of the Russian threat, a common counter-narrative in the U.S. arms control community – and shared by some members of Congress -- was that simply by proposing to modernize a then-rusting nuclear deterrent, the United States was "leading an arms race."

  • Even these critics, however, had to know that it takes years to research, develop, test, and then build highly complex nuclear forces, so that no new U.S. nuclear deployments would even be able to start until 2029.

  • Russia has already completed 87% of its arms race while the US is just putting on its track shoes. The door to an arms race was opened long ago -- but by Russia, not the United States.

  • Without nuclear modernization, unfortunately, the United States cannot keep a credible nuclear deterrent against its nuclear armed enemies -- not only Russia but also China, whose nuclear arsenal is scheduled to double in the next decade, according to the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Read more: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15995/new-nuclear-threats