Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
February 2018 - United States Special Weapons News
- Stratcom Commander Discusses Strategic Deterrence Mission AFPS 28 Feb 2018 -- Adversaries are evolving, and the United States needs to stay ahead of these threats to ensure it never enters a "fair fight," the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said here today.
- Trump wants nuclear missiles on US warships: Report Press TV 27 Feb 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has reportedly asked his generals to see if it is possible to arm the US Navy's warships with nuclear weapons, a strategy that seems to fall in line with his order to review America's nuclear posture.
- US Zumwalt Destroyers May One Day Shoot Nuclear Cruise Missiles Sputnik 27 Feb 2018 -- As US military strategists reconsider what will become of the $22 billion Zumwalt-class' three ships, one of the possibilities on table is arming the destroyers with nuclear cruise missiles, Military.com reports.
- Nuclear Posture Review Looks to Deter War, Policy Chief Says AFPS 26 Feb 2018 -- The goal of the Nuclear Posture Review, unveiled earlier this month, is to deter war, David J. Trachtenberg, deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said at the Heritage Foundation here today.
- New Trump Nuclear Weapons Policies Not Offensive in Nature - Pentagon Official Sputnik 26 Feb 2018 -- US plans to build new submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCM) and expand its nuclear arsenal are not offensive in nature and are a continuation of policies going back 70 years, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy David Trachtenberg said on Monday.
- Nuclear Review Ushers in Strategic Environment Change, Stratcom Chief Says AFPS 16 Feb 2018 -- From a warfighter's stance, the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review changes the strategic environment as a threat-based approach, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said here today.
- Policy Official: Posture Review Emphasizes Capabilities, Deters Use of Nukes AFPS 16 Feb 2018 -- The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review emphasizes the capabilities needed to correct adversary miscalculations, and in doing so, it deters the use of nuclear weapons, the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy said today at National Defense University here.
- Nuclear Posture Review Addresses Reality of Current Threats, DoD Official Says AFPS 13 Feb 2018 -- The recently released Nuclear Posture Review is grounded in a "realistic assessment" of the current security environment, and tailored to deter threats and reassure allies, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy David J. Trachtenberg said here yesterday.
- Mattis: Proposed U.S. Cruise Missile A Bargaining Chip With Russia RFE/RL 06 Feb 2018 -- Secretary of Defense James Mattis has said that a plan to add a new cruise missile to the United States' nuclear arsenal aims to provide additional leverage to U.S. negotiators trying to persuade Russia to stop violating a key arms control treaty.
- Russia, U.S. Declare Compliance With Nuclear Treaty By Deadline RFE/RL 05 Feb 2018 -- The United States and Russia have both declared that they complied with a 2010 arms-control treaty limiting the two countries' massive nuclear arsenals, as Moscow criticized President Donald Trump's new nuclear policy.
- US Expects to Continue Implementation of New START Treaty With Russia - DoS Sputnik 05 Feb 2018 -- The United States is looking forward to continuing implementation of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), signed by Washington and Moscow in 2010, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Monday.
- New START Treaty Central Limits Take Effect US Dept. of State 05 Feb 2018 -- The United States of America and the Russian Federation have implemented the Treaty on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms (New START Treaty) for seven years. February 5, 2018 marks the date that the Treaty's central limits on each country's strategic nuclear arsenal take effect.
- Key Facts About New START Treaty Implementation US Dept. of State 05 Feb 2018
- Despite Tensions, US and Russia Complying With Key Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty VOA 05 Feb 2018 -- The United States says it is confident that both the U.S. and Russia will have honored their commitments under the bilateral Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) by the Monday deadline.
- UN chief congratulates US, Russia on nuclear arsenal cuts, urges further disarmament UN News 05 Feb 2018 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday congratulated the United States and Russia on successfully reducing their strategic nuclear forces to the level required by a new bilateral treaty signed in 2010, calling on both sides to engage in the necessary dialogue that will lead to further arsenal reductions.
- China firmly opposes U.S. Nuclear Posture Review: spokesman People's Daily 05 Feb 2018 -- China firmly opposes the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) published by the United States Department of Defense, a spokesman from China's National Defense Ministry said Sunday.
- China, Iran, Russia Lash Out At U.S. Nuclear Policy Plan RFE/RL 04 Feb 2018 -- Russia, Iran, and China have strongly criticized Washington's newly revealed policy plan to expand U.S. nuclear weapons capabilities in order to deter other countries.
- Moscow Identifies Reasons Behind New US Nuclear Doctrine Sputnik 04 Feb 2018 -- Moscow Will Have to Take US Policies into Account
- Moscow denounces 'anti-Russian' nature of new US nuclear policy Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Russia has lambasted the "bellicose" and "anti-Russian" nature of Washington's new nuclear policy, threatening that Moscow would adopt necessary measures to ensure its own security.
- US using Russian threat as pretext for nuclear buildup: Ambassador Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Moscow's ambassador to Washington says the US has launched a scaremongering campaign against Russia to find a pretext for pumping more dollars into its military industry and building up its nuclear stockpile.
- Russia Harshly Criticizes New U.S. Nuclear Posture Document RFE/RL 03 Feb 2018 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has slammed a new nuclear-policy document issued by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on February 2.
- Japan Highly Appreciates New US Nuclear Posture Review - Foreign Minister Sputnik 03 Feb 2018 -- Japan highly appreciates the new US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and intends to strengthen the deterrence capability of the Tokyo-Washington alliance, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in a statement on Saturday.
- Trump's new nuclear strategy draws blistering criticism from arms control experts Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- US arms control groups have condemend the new nuclear weapons strategy announced by administration of President Donald Trump, saying it could raise the risk of nuclear war.
- Pentagon unveils nuclear arms policy with focus on Russia Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- The Pentagon has released a new nuclear arms policy that aims to revamp US nuclear arsenal and develop new low-yield atomic weapons.
- Deputy Secretary: Nuclear Posture Review is 'Tailored Nuclear Deterrent Strategy' AFPS 02 Feb 2018 -- The Nuclear Posture Review released today is a strategy to keep America safe with a deterrent that is modern and credible, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said today in rolling out the strategy.
- News Briefing on the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review DoD 02 Feb 2018 -- Patrick Shanahan, Deputy Secretary of Defense; Dan Brouillette, United States Deputy Secretary of Energy; Thomas Shannon, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; John Rood, Under Secretary of Defense For Policy; Anita Freidt, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, U.S. State Department; Steve Erhart, Acting Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator
- Trump Nuclear Doctrine Takes Tougher Stance Toward Russia RFE/RL 02 Feb 2018 -- The administration of President Donald Trump wants to revamp the U.S. nuclear arsenal and develop new low-yield atomic weapons, mainly in response to Russian actions in recent years, according to a policy statement released February 2.
- Pentagon Adding New Nuclear Capabilities, Keeping Nuclear Triad to Deter Attacks VOA 02 Feb 2018 -- The Pentagon has released its 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, adding nuclear capabilities and updating the United States' current arsenal in order to deter nuclear attacks.
- Nuke Review Calls for Triad Modernization to Maintain Deterrence AFPS 02 Feb 2018 -- The United States must recapitalize the nuclear triad and accompanying command-and-control system to continue to maintain deterrence into the future, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis wrote in the preface to the Nuclear Posture Review released today.
- US to Equip F-35 Fighters with Nuke Capabilities - Nuclear Posture Review Sputnik 02 Feb 2018 -- US President Donald Trump's Nuclear Posture Review, formally released Friday afternoon, calls for strapping nuclear weapons onto stealthy F-35 jets, among other policy updates.
- Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Nuclear Posture Review The White House 02 Feb 2018
- Report: Trump Nuclear Posture Review Overstates China’s Nuclear Arsenal Modernization Plans UCS 01 Feb 2018 -- A leaked draft of the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) misrepresents the status of China’s nuclear forces, according to a white paper released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).
- Pentagon Official: Nuclear Posture Review Calls for Credible Deterrent AFPS 01 Feb 2018 -- The Nuclear Posture Review being rolled out tomorrow at the Pentagon requires an "investment in a credible nuclear deterrent with diverse capabilities," chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said today.
- US Air Force Seeks New ICBM Launch System for Airborne Command Center Sputnik 01 Feb 2018 -- The US Air Force has earmarked $81 million to design and prototype a system to launch intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles from an airborne command center that would presumably survive an enemy nuclear attack, the defense and aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin announced in a press release.
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