USA is strengthening its nuclear arsenal because of China and Russia

The Commission especially underlines that the US must be prepared to face the possibility of a simultaneous war against China and Russia

by Sededin Dedovic
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USA is strengthening its nuclear arsenal because of China and Russia
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The bipartisan commission in the US Congress is calling upon Washington to make substantial adjustments and enhancements to both its nuclear arsenal and its conventional military forces. The rationale for this recommendation is grounded in several key factors, with a particular emphasis on the need for the USA to be prepared for the potential of concurrent conflicts with both China and Russia.

This congressional commission, responsible for evaluating the United States' strategic position, previously issued a similar report in 2009. However, over the past 14 years, the global landscape has evolved significantly, to the extent that the present challenges are fundamentally different and more complex than even the most challenging days of the Cold War.

The commission's overarching conclusion is that the global order, led by the United States and underpinned by its declared values, is under threat from the authoritarian governments of China and Russia. This perceived threat necessitates a proactive response.

While there is no concrete intelligence suggesting cooperation between Moscow and Beijing regarding nuclear weapons, the commission expresses concerns about potential coordination, which it deems sufficient to motivate a reevaluation of funding priorities.

In essence, the commission's message, as reported by "News International," can be summarized as follows: the United States is on the cusp of facing not one, but two nuclear adversaries, both of which harbor ambitions to alter the international status quo, even if it requires the use of force.

Furthermore, the commission states that the United States was unprepared for this unexpected situation. Both Republicans and Democrats concur that the current state of their nuclear capabilities falls short of future requirements, necessitating quantitative and structural adjustments.

They argue that the ongoing modernization efforts are inadequate in light of the nuclear capabilities possessed by Russia and China. While they acknowledge that the risk of a nuclear conflict remains relatively low and not inevitable, they point out that "the risk of nuclear use against the USA has increased," as indicated by certain media reports on the commission's findings.

Therefore, they recommend making strategic decisions now in preparation for "existential" challenges expected between 2027 and 2035. This report is issued at a sensitive juncture, coinciding with Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

In the White House, discussions are ongoing regarding a perceived alliance of unfavorable actors, including Russia, Iran, and Hamas. The commission underscores Russia and China's substantial progress in anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense and aligns with the Pentagon's projection that China may possess 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035.

As Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has stated, China poses the most significant long-term challenge to the international order. The commission maintains that its intention is to prevent conflict or a new cold war, and it strongly advocates for the urgent modernization of the US nuclear arsenal and the deployment of additional weaponry in Asia and Europe.

They contend that increased military spending is a small price to pay to avert a potential nuclear conflict and, therefore, urge Congress and the President to allocate substantially more funding for this purpose.

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