When the most powerful nation on earth feels that the threats it faces are increasing, it touches off dangerous eddies that can destablise global security. The United States has signalled that this is, indeed, the case. The December 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS) declared that China and Russia were “attempting to erode American security and prosperity”.
In January 2018, the US adopted a new National Defence Strategy (NDS) whose unclassified summary says the principal problem confronting the US is the erosion of American military advantage over China and Russia in three key theatres — Indo-Pacific, Europe and West Asia.
So it’s not surprising that the Nuclear Posture Review issued shortly thereafter called for the US to expand its reliance on nuclear forces to protect the country and reassure allies.
In addition to modernising ageing forces, it said there was a need for two new missiles, a low-yield sea-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) and a new sea-launched cruise missile (SLCM). Read More
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