Washington’s new nuclear doctrine, which was announced on 2 February, outlines that President Trump, just like predecessor Barack Obama, would consider using nuclear weapons only in “extreme circumstances”. The Nuclear Posture Review also allows the US to strike first in a preemptive move.
General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has warned against changing the current US military policy which allows the country to be the first to use nuclear weapons during a possible conflict with an adversary.
Speaking at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Dunford said that he “absolutely” believes that “the current policy is the right policy”.
“I wouldn’t make any decisions to simplify an adversary’s decision-making calculus. I can also imagine a few situations where we wouldn’t want to remove that option from the president”, he pointed out.
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In addition, Dunford noted that cyber weapons will unlikely replace the so-called nuclear triad which includes intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), nuclear-missile-armed submarines and strategic aircraft with nuclear bombs and missiles.
He described the triad as “the most effective way to prevent a nuclear war”.
The statement comes more than a month after the Trump administration announced the US’ new nuclear doctrine which specifically stipulates short-term plans…