Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

US Needs to Improve Communication with Russia, China - Mattis

Paul Ryan R-Wis. center walks to a Republican strategy conference at the Capitol as House GOP leaders are proposing to keep the government open for another six weeks by adding a year's worth of Pentagon funding to a stopgap US Needs to Improve Communication with Russia, China - Mattis
Patty Aguilar | 07 February, 2018, 08:49

The new USA posture focuses heavily on what the administration sees as an overdue modernization of the nuclear arsenal, the laboratories and plants that support the arsenal, and the far-flung communications and early warning systems that enable the Pentagon to command and control the weapons. The Trump administration, for its part, says it's "willing to engage in a prudent arms control agenda" while dismissing the idea of marginalizing nuclear weapons as a defense tool. " The U.S. needs a way to discourage that, Mattis said". Both said the modernization program was necessary to maintain the US deterrent.

Mattis told a hearing in Congress that Moscow is violating the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty and Washington wants to pressure it to get back in line.

Mattis did not rule out that the US might drop development of the SLCM if Russian Federation came back into compliance with the INF.

"In order to meet the central limits of the treaty, the United States developed and utilized conversion procedures in full compliance with its treaty obligations", it said. "But again, we have to deal with where we're at today".

That's not true of the broader pursuit of low-yield nuclear weapons, according to Mattis and Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff who testified alongside him.

It also says the administration will develop a shorter-range, nuclear-armed cruise missile that could be launched by submarines.

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Ferry carrying North Korean art troupe set to arrive in South Korea
Each personnel member must stay in their designated rooms until they have been tested and deemed clear of any sign of the virus. The Koreas will march in as one in the opening ceremony Friday, the fourth time the two have done so at an Olympic Games.

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Bruce Blair, the co-founder of Global Zero, which promotes the elimination of nuclear weapons, said in a statement in response to the new policy last week that the United States withdrew low-yield nuclear arms deployed during the Cold War "out of an abundance of caution about their security, risks of accidents and unauthorized use, and potential to spark a nuclear exchange".

However, Mattis said "we must recognize that deterrence and arms control can only be achieved with a credible capability" that requires modernization of the nuclear arsenal that the Congressional Budget Office estimates could cost $1.6 trillion through 2040.

James Acton, a nuclear weapons specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said that offer seems disingenuous.

Disarmament advocates say the introduction of such weapons lowers the threshold for nuclear war, making it easier to justify their use in a "limited capacity".

He said "this tailored strategy approach requires the United States to maintain a flexible and credible mix of nuclear and conventional capabilities that can address a spectrum of adversaries and threats over a significant period of time", with the triad as the "bedrock" of the strategy.

"China, too, is modernizing and expanding its already considerable nuclear forces, pursuing entirely new nuclear capabilities", he said, and "is also modernizing its conventional military to challenge USA military superiority".

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