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« Reply #1605 on: April 12, 2018, 08:33:08 pm »
http://harriman.columbia.edu/event/conference-conflict-cooperation-us-russia-security-relations

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Panel One: Nuclear and Strategic Issues
10:00am-11:30am

Moderator: Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Affairs, Columbia University

Matthew Kroenig, Associate Professor in the Department of Government and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Olga Oliker, Senior Adviser and Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Pavel Podvig, Director of the Russian Nuclear Forces Project
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« Reply #1606 on: April 14, 2018, 01:46:44 pm »
https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2018-04/tactical-nuclear-weapons-are-back

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n the wake of February’s release of the Department of Defense’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the Navy must undertake tough reflections on its nuclear identity. Specifically, the NPR recommends augmenting the nuclear arsenal with low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) as well as nuclear-armed submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCMs). To understand the potential impact of these and other tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) requires a look at their history—to evaluate how the United States has attempted to use technological developments to offset adversaries’ perceived advantages—and knowledge of how TNWs repeatedly have challenged the critical balance between nuclear and conventional forces. An understanding of how potential adversaries can use TNWs disruptively can help identify ways the United States can enhance its own TNW capabilities to improve both deterrence-by-denial and management of the ladder of escalation. Before developing new TNWs, however, the Navy must comprehend fully the consequences of such a course.
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« Reply #1607 on: April 16, 2018, 09:29:42 am »
China Reportedly Ramps Up Testing of New Long-Range Air-Launched Missile

The unnamed missile, classified by US intelligence as the CH-AS-X-13, is a two-stage, solid-fuel ballistic missile with a 3,000 km range, and has been undergoing testing since late 2016, with the last test conducted in January 2018, a source speaking to the magazine said. The missile, which can be fitted with both conventional and nuclear payloads, is believed to be a light-weight composite materials-based variant of China's DF-21 medium-range ballistic missile.

 The last two tests were launched from a modified H-6K, China's license-built version of the Tupolev Tu-16 long-range, air-refuelable strategic bomber. The modifications, reportedly made by H-6 manufacturer Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation, are said to have given the bomber ALBM delivery capability.

 According to The Diplomat, with a combat radius of nearly 6,000 km for the modified H-6K, and the additional 3,000 km range for the CH-AS-X-13, the new weapons system will hypothetically be able to carry out strikes against the contiguous United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, and other US territories in the Pacific.

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« Reply #1608 on: April 17, 2018, 05:23:51 am »
China's Rocket Force Embraces New Medium-Long Range Ballistic Missile

"BEIJING --- The Rocket Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army commissioned days ago a new medium-long range missile system to a newly-established missile brigade. The brigade is forming overall combat capability with the new missile system.

 The medium-long range ballistic missile system is developed by China and has complete independent intellectual property rights.

 The missile system, capable of firing both nuclear and conventional weapons, is able to conduct rapid nuclear counterattacks and carry out conventional medium and long-range precision strikes against important land targets and large and medium-sized ships at sea. "


http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/192525/china-stands-up-rocket-force-brigade-with-new-ballistic-missile.html
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« Reply #1609 on: April 17, 2018, 06:38:31 am »
https://news.usni.org/2018/04/16/navy-optimistic-nuclear-sub-uss-columbia-will-ready-first-deterrence-patrol-2031?utm_source=RC+Defense+Morning+Recon&utm_campaign=a608eeab2f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_694f73a8dc-a608eeab2f-81812733

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The director of the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs was confident that the first of a new class of ballistic missile submarine, the planned USS Columbia (SSBN-826), would be ready for its first patrol in 2031. That will be just before the current Ohio-class nuclear-deterrent boats are too old to submerge.

The major components of what will be on Columbia are “on schedule and on track to support” a 2028 launch and a 2031 patrol, SSP director Vice Adm. Terry J. Benedict said.

Meeting that deadline is critical because the Ohio-class submarines will be reaching the absolute limit of their ability to submerge for a patrol, Navy officials have warned.
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« Reply #1610 on: April 18, 2018, 06:40:10 pm »
https://www.defensenews.com/smr/nuclear-triad/2018/04/17/trump-administration-repurposes-65-million-for-new-nuclear-warhead-design/

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WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration has requested $65 million be repurposed for the Department of Energy’s budget in order to start work on a new low-yield nuclear warhead design.

In a reprogramming request sent to Congress last week, the Office of Management and Budget requested shifting $65 million to the National Nuclear Security Administration for “engineering development, and any subsequent phases, of a low-yield nuclear weapon.”

The creation of a submarine-launched, low-yield nuclear warhead was announced in February with the launch of the Nuclear Posture Review. But because of the timing of the NPR and the release of the fiscal 2019 budget request, the NNSA didn’t receive any funding for that program.

In March, NNSA head Lisa Gordon-Haggerty said her office was working with OMB to try and find the money for the warhead design.
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« Reply #1611 on: April 23, 2018, 06:33:26 am »
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« Reply #1612 on: April 23, 2018, 07:02:00 pm »
https://warontherocks.com/2018/04/americas-endangered-nuclear-deterrent-the-case-for-funding-two-critical-capabilities/

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The U.S. nuclear triad is an aging collection of weapons, many of which were designed before today’s policymakers were even born. Because of modernization program cancellations, the average age of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is climbing into the mid-40s, while the air-launched cruise missile weapons system has aged more than 20 years past its original intended service life.

Although every administration since the end of the Cold War has agreed that maintaining a triad of nuclear-capable weapons systems is critical to the nation’s security, most have nonetheless treated nuclear modernization as a second-tier concern. In an era of renewed great power competition, nuclear delivery systems should no longer receive low prioritization. It will be especially important in an increasingly competitive global threat environment to maintain a credible deterrent that underpins not only homeland defense, but also America’s numerous allied defense commitments. But for the U.S. to retain that credibility, its systems must receive timely modernization and capability upgrades, just as U.S. conventional forces do. For this reason, it is imperative to fully fund and deliver on schedule the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent and Long Range Standoff weapon (LRSO) programs to ensure that as the Minuteman III and air-launched cruise missile systems are retired in the coming decades, their capabilities will be replaced on schedule.
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« Reply #1613 on: April 23, 2018, 07:07:06 pm »
https://thebulletin.org/china%E2%80%99s-strategic-arsenals-new-era11716

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared that Chinese national defense and military modernization have entered a “new era.” He has called for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to become a (or perhaps even the) “world-class” military by mid-century. The “China Dream” that Xi seeks to advance—a quest for the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”—includes and is enabled by the “dream of a powerful military” (强军梦).

In this new era of Chinese military power, the PLA is seeking to develop new strategic arsenals that could enhance its future deterrence and war-fighting capabilities. In particular, the PLA recognizes the criticality of “assured retaliation” within its second-strike nuclear posture—and of advancing new capabilities in the space, cyber, and electromagnetic domains, which are seen as new “strategic frontiers” of warfare. Xi has also underscored the importance of new frontiers of military innovation in emerging technologies. Indeed, the PLA is pursuing next-generation capabilities, ranging from hypersonic missiles to counterspace weapons or military applications of artificial intelligence.
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« Reply #1614 on: April 24, 2018, 07:03:33 am »
http://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/384462-nuclear-misconceptions-must-not-inform-us-weapons-policy

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An informed debate about our nuclear deterrent policy is welcome, especially on an issue that is so critical to the nation’s security. Unfortunately, too much of today’s nuclear debate is characterized by critics of our nuclear deterrent policy endlessly repeating what I call the “seven deadly nuclear sins.”

These are commonly held assumptions about our nuclear policy that turn out to be largely mythical; nonetheless, because they are so often repeated by a misinformed media, they tend to drive the debate.
What are they?

The first sin is the characterization of the United States nuclear modernization program as creating an arms race.

The second sin is describing our nuclear modernization effort as “unaffordable.”

The third transgression is the claim that Russia’s buildup of nuclear weapons is a response to offset America’s building of missile defenses.

The fourth sin is the assumption that Russia’s adoption of an escalatory policy to use nuclear weapons early in a conventional conflict is simply a counter to America’s similar policy or is not Russian policy in the first place.

Fifth is the claim that newly proposed American low yield nuclear warheads would be highly destabilizing and lower the nuclear threshold.
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« Reply #1615 on: April 27, 2018, 05:55:57 am »
China Deploys Dongfeng-26 Ballistic Missile with PLA Rocket Force

China announced on Thursday that its new intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of precision strikes against land- and sea-based targets has been deployed with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force, a move hailed by Chinese observers as part of the country's warning to Taiwan secessionists and aircraft carriers-powered US forces behind them.

 The Dongfeng-26 ballistic missile has officially joined the combat sequence of the PLA rocket force after tests, Wu Qian, the Chinese defense ministry spokesperson, confirmed at a regular press briefing on Thursday, according to the Ministry of National Defense website.

 The domestically-developed weapon is China's new generation intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of not only swift nuclear counterattacks but also precision strikes on medium and large targets on land and sea, Wu said.

"EDITOR’S NOTE:  This is the statement by the Chinese MoD spokesman on the DF-26 missile at the April 26 press conference:
“The newly commissioned weaponry of the Rocket Force is Dongfeng-26 missile. After the trial and operational test, this type of missiles are ready to be equipped to the full establishment of unit and have since then been officially commissioned to the Rocket Force.
“As a new generation of medium-and-long range missile, DF-26 has the following 4 features: first, it is researched, developed and manufactured by China independently and we have complete property right over it.
“Second, it can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads, capable of both rapid nuclear counter-strikes and conventional medium-and-long range precision strikes.
“Third, it is capable of launching precision strikes at both critical target on land and medium- and large-sized vessels at sea.
“Fourth, several new technologies have been applied to the missile, which helps increase the missile’s utilization and improve its integration and informationization. It should be stressed that there is no change in China’s self-defense nuclear strategy and “No First Use” of nuclear weapons policy.”"



http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/192861/china-deploys-new-dongfeng_26-ballistic-missile%2C-su_35-fighters.html
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« Reply #1616 on: April 27, 2018, 06:16:28 am »
https://breakingdefense.com/2018/04/lawmakers-push-pentagon-on-reforms-ai-new-missiles/?utm_source=RC+Defense+Morning+Recon&utm_campaign=98e7c9c87e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_694f73a8dc-98e7c9c87e-81812733

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Elsewhere, the strategic forces subcommittee instructs Elle Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, to work with the Air Force to speed both the development and fielding of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program and the Long-Range Standoff cruise missile program by at least a year. Strategic Command’s leader, Gen. John Hyten, has repeatedly bewailed the slow place of these programs. However, this may not attract bipartisan support. One Democratic aide said that the Democrats would be unlikely to support that measure, as there is no compelling national security reason to speed both projects up, and take funding from other urgent needs.

Kingston Reif, a missile defense expert at the Arms Control Association, Tweeted that “there is currently no military requirement for a conventional variant,” of the LRSO, and “that requirement is filled by the JASSM-ER. And a conventional variant would add to total program cost.”
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« Reply #1617 on: April 27, 2018, 03:31:21 pm »
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« Reply #1618 on: May 03, 2018, 07:59:02 pm »
From Inside Defense (pay site)

Nuclear missile programs could move faster under new policy language

April 27, 2018 |

Rachel Karas

As military officials repeatedly argue the United States needs to field new nuclear weapons as soon as possible, the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is asking the Air Force to work with the Pentagon's acquisition chief on plans to speed up the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent and Long-Range Standoff Weapon programs. A House staffer told reporters April 25 the subcommittee's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill will also recommend Congress boost funding for both modernization efforts
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