The introduction to the report confirms that the US seeks the "ultimate global elimination of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons", something it has been bound to do since the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 1970.
"That strikes me as being unsustainable from a naval strategy point of view".
In light of what's coming out of the Trump administration, our message is we [Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament] will be doubling our efforts both at a United Kingdom and global level to rid nuclear weapons from the world.
President Donald Trump's Defense Department wants to expand American nuclear capabilities by adding "low-yield" weapons of the kind that decimated Nagasaki and Hiroshima to the U.S. arsenal, according to a draft Pentagon policy document obtained by.
The NPR also expands the circumstances in which the U.S. might use its nuclear arsenal, to include a response to a non-nuclear attack that causes mass casualties, or was aimed at critical infrastructure or nuclear command and control sites.
Donald Trump is reported to be planning to adopt a far more hawkish position on nuclear weapons in a move that is being seen as making a potential conflict using such ordinance more likely.
The Trump administration's fiscal 2018 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan reports that "there is no current requirement to conduct an underground nuclear test to maintain certification of any nuclear warhead", but it also says that "the fundamental approach taken to achieve test readiness has also changed".
Just one year ago, Vice President Joe Biden delivered an address touting the progress achieved during the Obama years to reduce the salience and number of nuclear weapons and curb their spread.
A draft of the Trump administration's Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), obtained by HuffPost, reveals a push for lower-yield nuclear warheads, the creation of submarine-launched atomic weapons, and a policy shift in nuclear weapons. But early indications suggest the new NPR will expand the contingencies that could lead to the use of nuclear weapons.
The nuclear report also makes rare mention of a newer Russian weapon: a nuclear-armed drone torpedo that could travel undersea to far-off targets.
Hans Kristensen, director of the nuclear information project at the Federation of American Scientists, agreed that there was no coherent argument for developing new weapons. "The gloves are off".
Hackers could cause nuclear weapons to be accidentally launched against other countries, according to a major new report. It also calls for tighter integration of USA nuclear and conventional forces, which deliberately blurs the line between them and eliminates a clear nuclear firewall.
"The Pentagon's underlying motivation", Blair said, "is fear of Russia's new option for striking USA and Western European civilian infrastructure - financial, energy, transportation and communications - with cyber and conventional forces". This falls into a category of threat the Trump administration calls "non-nuclear strategic", meaning it could inflict unacceptably high numbers of casualties or costs. The document claims that Russia is threatening to use these smaller nuclear weapons; the US needs to match and deter the Russians in kind. Thus, the focus on adding sea-launched US nuclear weapons to the mix.
Potential weaknesses include rudimentary components, the report said. "Worse, it appears the president is operating under the belief that these threats of nuclear war are working; we can only expect this behavior will continue".