Pentagon To Create Smaller Nuclear Weapons To Deter Russian Threats

FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2017, file photo President Donald Trump, right, and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam. (Jorge Silva/Pool Photo via AP, File)

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UPDATED 8:30 AM PT – Sat. February 3, 2017

The Defense Department is calling for greater nuclear capabilities, in an attempt to counter Russia’s growing nuclear arsenal.

The Department of Defense unveiled its new policy Friday, calling for smaller, low-yield nuclear weapons to deter Russia.

The move attempts to challenge the perception that U.S. nuclear weapons are too big to be used, and therefore are no longer an effective deterrent.

The nuclear review by the Pentagon is the first in eight years, and takes a new approach toward North Korea, China, and Iran.

President Trump praised the new policy Friday, following months of analysis he ordered last year.

29 Comments on "Pentagon To Create Smaller Nuclear Weapons To Deter Russian Threats"

  1. Russia does NOT want to nuke the US and they are NOT threatening to do so. The suggestion that they want to nuke us is political propaganda.

    • The article doesn’t make that suggestion; perhaps you are responding to someone’s comment? That said, there is little doubt that Russia is working to expend its international influence. This move can be aimed to counter such a trend at a strategic level, even if Russia is not making a direct nuclear threat.

  2. Where is Curtis Le May now? Build them and use them starting in NOKO before it is too late. We should already have nuked those islands the Chinese are stealing from other countries. Iran would also be a good recipient. Why waste a soldiers life when you destroy massed opposition with one small missile. I can think of some Taliban towns in northern Pakistan that would be nice worthy targets.

  3. Robert Sigler | February 3, 2018 at 1:36 pm |

    We’ve had tactical nukes for as long as I can remember, your able to fire them from an Artillery piece and would probably be used if NK attacked SK.

  4. Robert Sigler | February 3, 2018 at 1:36 pm |

    We’ve had tactical nukes for as long as I can remember, your able to fire them from an Artillery piece and would probably be used if NK attacked SK.

  5. jak the zipper | February 3, 2018 at 1:07 pm |

    Keep experimenting with Project Thor.

  6. Gotta do, what you gotta do. But, please make it as discrete as possible. Loose lips sink ships.

  7. Sounds good to me. Trump is always correct. He makes the Dems look like retarded losers at all times.

  8. How stupid………..

  9. ...remain calm and return fire | February 3, 2018 at 10:21 am |

    Break the Russian economy with another military escalation…slick. It worked last time. Will the Russians ever learn, capitalism crushes communism, every time.

    • nfcapitalist | February 3, 2018 at 10:56 am |

      They learned… and they were in charge of our country long enough to crush us… $20,000,000,000,000 + (trillion) but… we might as well go down fighting.

      Never… ever… surrender because they’re going to kill you anyway.

      • ...remain calm and return fire | February 3, 2018 at 11:51 am |

        interesting observation…..but it’s far from over…the US GDP dominates the planet…and nobody, nobody, is even close…definitely not Russia..not even China, and Trump is stoking the American engine

  10. nfcapitalist | February 3, 2018 at 10:00 am |

    Talk of defending America from communists draws communists like flies to that apple pie cooling on Aunt Lucille’s windowsill.

  11. An updating of current nuclear stockpiles is called for as most were built in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. However, developing and building smaller yield nukes is a REALLY bad idea. 1. The technology for anything we build will eventually get stolen or sold and others will have the capability to produce smaller nukes as well. A terrorist carrying a suitcase size nuke, packed with radioactive material, into New York City would eventually be in our future. 2. The use of nuclear weapons in anything but self defense would create many problems for us internationally and make the use against us more likely. Any subsequent attack on America would cause an escalation of force leading to the deaths of millions and the poisoning of the planet through fallout. MAD worked during the Cold War because the weapons available at the time were so large and destructive they were never used. 3. Make no mistake, nuclear weapons are among the worst human inventions in history. (Watch color videos detailing Japanese survivors of our two A Bomb drops. It’s horrible and those were firecrackers compared to Hydrogen bombs. However, those blasts actually saved lives on both sides by ending the war quickly.)

    • Hate to tell you this, but that’s already more than possible.
      One ‘loaded’ tramp steamer off a major sea port…
      Not that I disagree with most of your points. Whether or not smaller nukes will improve our chances of avoiding the use of them or not is debatable, however, and I’m sure DJT has a very firm grasp of the pros and cons.
      I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have making the decision. Not me, for sure!

      • True. Makes me wonder though if this is being openly discussed as a psychological operation. The Chinese, Russians and Iranians are already condemning the announcement. 17 years of constant deployments and war have left our military in a sad state across every branch. We would have a very difficult time fighting any type of major war right now. We know that the President has mentioned not openly discussing military plans before. Why would this be any different? Maybe he is taking a page from the “Art of War” by Sun Tzu?

  12. landy fincannon | February 3, 2018 at 9:39 am |

    Riddle me this.
    Why was the icon of capitalism allowed to fly is private plane into Moscow during the height of the cold war?

    Wherever Rockefeller went Chase Manhattan followed.

  13. landy fincannon | February 3, 2018 at 9:30 am |

    So far we are the only nation to pop the big one, twice.

    • They were actually little ones. Current hydrogen bombs are multitudes of times more destructive than the bombs dropped on Japan. (There are graphs online comparing Fatman and Littleboy to current nuclear weapons.) The bombs dropped on Japan also saved countless lives on both sides. The Japanese were not going to surrender and were preparing for an American invasion. It was the right decision.

      • It was. My old man was in the first wave heading for Japan when they dropped the things, I believe me and a big chunk of the baby boomer generation would likely never have been born. They were expecting casualties in the millions. It would have made D-Day a pleasant excursion in the park by comparison. The Japanese had demonstrated an alarming tendency to commit suicide or fight to the death rather than surrender many times already, as in Okinawa and the horror story of Malpi Point (sp?). The tendency did include civilians.

        • nfcapitalist | February 4, 2018 at 5:56 am |

          The Rock… know it well. Did eighteen months on Okinawa 1960-61 and the place was still littered with unexploded ordinance.

  14. nfcapitalist | February 3, 2018 at 9:19 am |

    We had “dial a yield” nuclear weapons that were deliverable from centerline pylons on F-100 Super Sabre fighter aircraft in the early 1960s that were “decommissioned during the Clinton administration… and now we think that was stupid… ignorant… dumb… treasonous?

    Yeah… I got that, you build those Mk 28s and Mk 43s back into our inventory because you don’t need to reinvent anything… and make sure you get every after-burning pair of wings in our inventory wired to carry and LADS ready to deliver them… xxxxxxx idiots!

    Looks like the FBI and DOJ aren’t the only federal agencies that need a serious overhaul… good thing we have a real General in charge rather than a leftwing politician.

    • ...remain calm and return fire | February 4, 2018 at 12:14 am |

      Leftwing punk.

      • nfcapitalist | February 4, 2018 at 5:52 am |

        I was born a constitutional conservative and my MOS 46250 service as a teenager on the Rock sealed that in stone… Michigan farm boy here.

        • ...remain calm and return fire | February 4, 2018 at 6:09 am |

          haha, not you nfc…..I was swapping “Leftwing punk.” for your “Leftwing politicians”…

          • nfcapitalist | February 4, 2018 at 8:17 am |

            Like the pan handle of Alaska living at the end of the road on Rivillagegado… you can have too many guns but you can’t have too much ammunition.

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