Inside the Pentagon - February 8, 2018

DOD's new nuclear strategy lowers yield on SLBMs, re-establishes SLCM

By Tony Bertuca  
February 7, 2018 at 6:26 PM
In its new Nuclear Posture Review, released Feb. 2, the Pentagon calls for lowering the yield of some existing submarine-launched ballistic missile warheads and reinstating the sea-launched cruise missile program to address threats posed by Russia and China. The recommendations were initially disclosed in a draft of the NPR published by HuffPost , raising concerns the Trump administration seeks to lower the threshold required for nuclear action. But Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, who spoke at the Pentagon Feb. 2,...

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