Recent actions seem to indicate that President Donald Trump and his administration are taking steps to ensure that America’s military not only the best in the world but that it is rightly feared by our enemies.
This past week, the U.S. Navy announced that it had tested a new missile known as the W76-2. The Washington Times reports that the W76-2 is a “submarine-launched, low-yield device designed to counter Russia’s arsenal of smaller missiles and to give the U.S. a way to retaliate in kind.”
This was confirmed by the Pentagon’s Undersecretary of Defense, John Rood.
“In the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, the department identified the requirement to ‘modify a small number of submarine-launched ballistic missile warheads’ to address the conclusion that potential adversaries, like Russia, believe that employment of low-yield nuclear weapons will give them an advantage over the United States and its allies and partners,” he said.
Rood continued: “[The W76-2] strengthens deterrence and provides the United States a prompt, more survivable low-yield strategic weapon; supports our commitment to extended deterrence; and demonstrates to potential adversaries that there is no advantage to limited nuclear employment because the United States can credibly and decisively respond to any threat scenario.”
Trump’s nuclear policy
The “Nuclear Posture Review,” referred to by Rood, is a document that the Trump Administration put forth outlining its position on nuclear policy.
During the previous administrations, Russia, in particular, has made advancements in its weapon’s arsenal, while the United States has not, which has caused some to believe that Russia may have the upper hand in this area. The Nuclear Posture Review was meant to address this.
The W76-2 is one of the first results of that document, or at least the first that the public has been informed of. It gives America a way to combat the Russian advancements.
This likely is just the start of Trump’s plan. In fact, in the 2021 budget, the Trump administration is calling for billions of dollars to be put towards nuclear warheads.
What may end up happening here is another arms race between the United States and Russia. Now, many may roll their eyes up at this, and the Democrats will certainly put up a fight, but developing military superiority is one way to deter potential aggressors, like Russia.
It’s certainly good to see President Trump trying to get America back to its dominant position on the world stage.