The United States Pentagon released news of a brand-new policy on holding nuclear arms. It calls for two fashions of nuclear weapons to be assembled and stockpiled by the United States government, in hopes to defend itself, protect its allies, and deter aggression from outside groups and governments in the first place.
What Types Of Weapons Are Mentioned In The New Policy?
On February 2nd, 2018, head officials hailing from the Departments of Defense, Energy, and State held a press conference detailing its recent changes to United States policy regarding nuclear weapons.
Officials stated that other countries currently possess several types of small nuclear weapons. The world of defense isn’t used to smaller nuclear weapons – only considerably large devices.
If a foreign body overtook an ally of the United States, then detonated a bomb in a small, limited area, the United States wouldn’t be prompted to initiate full-blown war, or even come to allies’ defenses. The United States would be forced to respond with much larger nuclear weapons, or attack with conventional weapons like tanks, infantrymen with grenades and firearms, and similar tools.
The Pentagon wants these smaller arms ready for attack in the event of such attacks being conducted on allies of the USA.
Department heads also want to bring back a so-called SLCM – “slick-em” – or nuclear submarine-launched cruise missile for years to come. Bush 43 didn’t deploy any of these missiles throughout his tenure, and Barack Obama had them removed from the United States’ arsenal of weapons.
Officials have expressed desire for reintegrating the SLCM in coming years because it would be well-suited for attacks on or defenses against conflict with North Korea.
When Will These Weapons Be Ready For Use?
While the government has no plans to use either type of weapon in the interim, short-term future, or on the long-term horizon, low-yield nuclear missiles, the first type of nuclear weapon discussed, could be ready within months, if not weeks.
On the other hand, SLCM weaponry might not be ready for years to come.
The Congressional Budget Office, the United States government bureau that’s responsible for setting limits on spending for all areas of operation across the nation, reports the nuclear missile changes are part of a large plan – the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START – that should cost $1.2 trillion over the next three decades.