On Tuesday, the Center for Security Policy (CSP) released a sobering analysis on growing threats to our national security due to the deterioration of America’s nuclear arsenal in light of growing nuclear threats from Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran.
The author, Dr. Mark Schneider, a longtime Pentagon official and strategic forces expert, discusses how Russia and China are pressing ahead aggressively with nuclear force modernization, likely made possible with covert and low-yield testing. Schneider describes the huge increase in numbers and sophistication of the Russian and Chinese missile arsenals and compares this with the deterioration of America’s nuclear arsenal. Schneider also explains how the U.S. strategic missile program is falling behind.
Dr. Schneider assesses that “the advanced ages of U.S. deterrent systems at their planned replacement dates create the possibility of the loss of critical capability if there are unexpected problems within systems or delays with existing systems.”