Trump's Nuclear Weapons Arsenal Isn't Any Different Than Obama's

Donald Trump just warned North Korea... he's not only renovating the White House air conditioning system he's doing the same to our nuclear arsenal

Donald Trump just warned North Korea... he's not only renovating the White House air conditioning system he's doing the same to our nuclear arsenal

My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. The results are clear: Judging from Trump's embrace of the use of air power - the signature tactic of USA military intervention - he is the most hawkish president in modern history.

A key focus of a NPR is whether the United States is postured correctly for nuclear threats, and experts interviewed by Defense News believed enough had changed in the world since 2010 (such as Russia's incursion in Ukraine) to merit new approaches. Most of that spending would come after 2022.

If the media wants to regain its shattered credibility, they should begin by covering reports that actually detail real abuses of power.

The upgrades are driven by the age of systems such as the Minuteman III missiles, first deployed 40 years ago, and the fleet of 14 Ohio-class nuclear missile submarines, which already had their service lives extended to 42 years from 30 years.

'Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!'

"The Obama administration requested large increases for nuclear weapons programs at the Defense and Energy Departments to sustain and modernize the arsenal", the association wrote in a recent fact sheet.

Whether that's now being spurred on by the stress of the unfolding North Korea crisis, Trump's tumbling approval rating, the enveloping Russian Federation investigation, or his inability to get any major legislation passed through Congress, we're not sure. The review started in April but isn't expected to be completed until the end of the year, according to Kingston Reif, director for disarmament and threat reduction policy for the Arms Control Association.

"The Pentagon determined in 2013 that we have a third more nuclear weapons than are necessary for deterrence", he said, which is why the United States is in the middle of a Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) - a process "to determine what the role of nuclear weapons in USA security strategy should be", according to the Defense Department.

For now, at least, the arsenal is shrinking.

It consists of about 1,750 strategic nuclear warheads deployed on intercontinental missles, submarines and strategic bombers Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs), Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs), and Strategic Bombers and 180 tactical nuclear on European bases.

"The size of our ICBM force has gone down under this administration", not because of the president's efforts, but because it was already under way, Harrison, the defense analyst, said. Those treaties must be met by 2018.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.