What is the main message of the 2018 Nuclear Power Survey? It is very simple - America reduced nuclear power with all its might. weaponstriving for peace and prosperity, but other countries did not follow (or even deceived), so now the US needs to carry out a radical modernization of its strategic nuclear forces (SNF) and increase their combat potential.
“For decades, the United States has played a leading role in reducing the stockpile of nuclear weapons,” the 2018 Nuclear Power Survey project, which usually comes in the final version of the document signed by the Pentagon’s head, states in the preface. “As a result, compared with the peak during the Cold War, the US nuclear arsenal has shrunk by more than 85%. It was very promising. Many believed that conditions had been created for the further serious reduction of stockpiles of nuclear weapons, and even, possibly, their complete destruction. However, these plans did not come true. America’s strategic rivals did not follow our example. And the world has become even more dangerous. ”
According to the American military-political leadership (CDF), the main culprits of the fact that the world could not be rid of nuclear weapons are Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and the terrorists.
“Russia, which initially followed America and reduced its strategic nuclear forces, retained a significant stock of non-strategic nuclear weapons. And today Russia is modernizing both this weapon and strategic systems. Even more dangerous is the fact that Russia has adopted a military strategy, which, in order to achieve success, envisages nuclear escalation, - stated in the document at the disposal of the media. “China is also modernizing and building up its nuclear forces ... The nuclear provocations of North Korea are a threat to regional and world security ... Iran’s nuclear ambitions are also a serious concern. Globally, the possibility of terrorists gaining access to nuclear weapons remains a constant threat. ”
“We must face it and see the world as it really is, and not as we want to see it,” summarizes all these lengthy arguments about America’s enemies in the document. As a result, it is indicated further, the USA needs to modernize its nuclear triad: Columbia-class submarines will replace strategic submarines of the Ohio type; Miniteman III mine-based missiles will be replaced by new generation intercontinental ballistic missiles; aviation the component of the strategic nuclear forces will be updated with the new B-21 Raider bombers and long-range nuclear cruise missiles LRSO (Long Range Stand-Off), while the emphasis will be placed on upgrading tactical nuclear weapons to bring all air bombs to standard B61-12 and to ensure their use by F-35A aircraft. In the more distant future, the arrival of a new sea-based nuclear cruise missile is also expected. The entire strategic nuclear forces infrastructure and facilities of their control and communications system will undergo serious modernization.
According to experts, over the next 30 years America will have to pay for all the above programs no less than 1 trillion dollars, and the expenditures on nuclear weapons of all classes and types will reach 6,4% of the Pentagon’s budget annually.
It would seem, but what do we have America, preoccupied with the struggle with the Russian, Chinese, North Korean, Iranian and other threats? Let yourself arm yourself. But it's not just her. Nuclear weapons are increasingly used by countries of the world not only as a guarantor of their security and a means of strategic deterrence, as it has been repeatedly stated by high-ranking representatives of the Russian CDF, but also as a means of first strike or as an instrument of direct blackmail.
In particular, the nuclear tests and missile launches of either the medium or the intercontinental range in North Korea continue to shock the international community. For example, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said recently that the DPRK leader Kim Jong Un’s appearing "an opportunity to launch nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles is a threat that the world did not know from the very beginning of the atomic century." And just a few days ago, in response to the words of the commander of the ground forces of India, General Bipin Rawat, that he was ready, if he received an order, to cross the border with Pakistan, despite the fact that he had nuclear weapons, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaji Asif answered: Very irresponsible statement. Equivalent to an invitation to a nuclear conflict. If they want this, we invite them to try our determination. ”
At the same time, we recall that during the Kargil conflict 1999 between Delhi and Islamabad, the Indian command, according to the Indian Express newspaper, deployed four ballistic missile launchers Pritvi and one BR Agni in the combat area, equipped with nuclear warheads, and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shamshad Ahmad told 31 May that if the conflict escalated, his country could use “any weapon” from its arsenal.
The world was lucky then that common sense prevailed on both sides of the Indo-Pakistan border, and no one gave the order to use nuclear weapons. But with such a rapid growth of atomic madness (otherwise you will not name it), the threat of erroneous or accidental use of nuclear weapons becomes more and more real. Remember the shock that the people of Hawaii recently experienced when they were suddenly warned about the threat of a rocket attack. In such a situation, the nerves of someone can not stand. Will there be then another lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov, who will be able to recognize the erroneous nature of the warning of a nuclear strike from the enemy and will have time to stop the nuclear apocalypse. We can only hope for it.