Trump's Nuclear Doctrine More Aggressive Toward Russia than Obama's

Status-6 first appeared publicly in a Russian state television broadcast in 2015

"Recent Russian statements on this evolving nuclear weapons doctrine appear to lower the threshold for Moscow's first-use of nuclear weapons", the review said.

Such a misperception is risky and ultimately makes a use of an adversarial nuclear weapon more likely. We must return to a more sober dialogue and approach to policy.

When asked to provide examples of non-nuclear attacks that the United States considered significant enough to garner a nuclear response, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood declined to respond, saying that the United States needed "to maintain some ambiguity" in order to "reinforce deterrence".

"Russia considers the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to be the principal threats to its contemporary geopolitical ambitions", the Pentagon said.

Based on a leaked draft of the nuclear posture, 16 Democratic U.S. senators, including senators from Washington, California and IL, wrote to President Donald Trump on Monday that his nuclear policy would "increase the risk of a nuclear arms race and raise the real possibility of a nuclear conflict". As former Secretary of State George Shultz told Congress last month, "I fear people have lost that sense of dread". NBC News reported that in a July meeting at the Pentagon, he asked for the nuclear stockpile to be increased tenfold; it was after this meeting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allegedly called the president a "moron". That is not the case now. When the board's recommendation was exposed to the light of day by the two of us and others in 2013, it was publicly rebuked and, as a matter of policy, quietly discarded.

The U.S. says it has been in compliance with the limits since August and it expects the Russians to comply by Monday's deadline.

The US Department of Defence's latest Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) argues that Washington must create a more effective nuclear deterrent, with Russian Federation and other nations holding the "misconception" that the US would not use its large-scale strategic nuclear weapons in response to nuclear aggression from other countries.

For the first time publicly, the review also says that Russian Federation is developing a hypersonic, nuclear-powered undersea torpedo.

The lower-yield warhead for Trident missiles would "ensure a prompt response option" and would help counter any "mistaken perception" by Russia, North Korea or other adversaries that the USA might hesitate to respond with nuclear weapons to a limited nuclear strike by one of them, the report said.

The document specifically points to a Russian doctrine known as "escalate to deescalate", in which Moscow would use or threaten to use smaller-yield nuclear weapons in a limited conventional conflict in Europe to compel the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to back down. And they're not going to reduce Russia's drive into these areas.

Russian Federation has urged the United States to join efforts to find solutions in the strategic stability field.

The Nuclear Posture Review continues bipartisan efforts to modernize our nuclear arsenal in a cost-effective way.

"It enhances deterrence of strategic attacks against our nation, and our allies and partners, that may not come in the form of nuclear weapons", he said.

Details of the new "Status 6" weapon were included in Friday's Nuclear Posture Review.

"So Trump's call for a dramatic increase in USA nuclear weapons isn't happening in a vacuum". "What do they need nuclear depth charges for?" one USA official asked.

USA officials insisted that these changes will make its deterrents more credible and raise the nuclear threshold.

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