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Just as President Trump started revitalizing the ‘Triad’ of aging U.S. nuclear forces to counter China and Russia’s rapidly growing capabilities, presumptive President-elect Joe Biden has promised to cut them. Biden says he wants to reduce what he calls America’s “excessive expenditure” on nuclear arms.

Biden has also criticized President Trump’s decision to develop new sea-based weapons, including a submarine-launched cruise missile.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the “incoming Biden administration is planning a review of the nation’s $1.2 trillion nuclear-modernization program with an eye toward trimming funding for nuclear weapons and reducing their role in Pentagon strategy.”

However, a Pentagon fact sheet published in November, states that not only do we need more nuclear weapons to counter Russia and China,  but: “Most of the systems that compose the Triad [Land based, Air Launched, and Submarine Launched] are operating well beyond their original design lives,” read. “They must be modernized, or they will be lost.”

Meanwhile, as I have written, both Russia and China are furiously modernizing and expanding their nuclear arsenals. China intends to more than double its current nuclear force by 2030, and new estimates have shown China may have far more nuclear weapons than currently believed.

But Russia is the more immediate danger. Moscow is regularly adding additional cutting-edge nuclear capabilities.

As Peter Suciu notes in The National interest:

Russia has stepped up the development of its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). In the New Year, its Strategic Missile Force will receive thirteen launchers equipped with the latest Yars and Avangard ICBMs. The Russian Ministry of Defense also announced that additional funds have been allocated for the production of the systems.

Sucio adds that the Russian Ministry of Defense is placing its new nuclear weapons on combat alert. As reported by Tass:

In 2021, the Defense Ministry will deal with a number of priority rearmament tasks. It will have to put 13 launchers with Yars and Avangard intercontinental ballistic missiles on combat duty in the Strategic Missile Force,” said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday.

Shoigu added that Russia is now completing construction of the infrastructure for Yars and Avangard ICBM platforms, to deploy the missiles in Kozelsk, Yasny, Uzhur, Novosibirsk and Yoshkar-Ola.

U.S. nuclear strategists are especially concerned about Russia’s hypersonic and maneuverable Avangard boost-glide vehicle, reportedly capable of flying at Mach 27or about 32,000 kilometers (almost 20,000 miles) per hour — using its speed and maneuverability to overcome U.S. anti-missile defenses.

The RS-24 Yars, a modification of the Topol-M ballistic missile, is also a far more capable mobile or silo-based solid-propellant intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with MIRVed (multiple independently targetable vehicle) warheads.

Trump was right to start reviving and upgrading the Triad of U.S. nuclear forces. Both Russia and China are striving to match or overcome U.S. nuclear capabilities. In the escalation dominance game, this will allow them far more flexibility in their increasingly aggressive adventurism, and can only heighten global risks.

Biden should tread carefully in seeking to undermine this critical national security capability.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com.

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Dan Winright
Dan Winright
4 months ago

Biden is anti American. His ideas will be the end of us all. Including the commies who support him.

Dinkus
Dinkus
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

He and the other commies are leading us right into becoming communist regimes just like China and Russia. China’s population if 5 times the USA’s. I have no idea what lies down the road, and how soon, but the outlook is not too good for hard working conservative citizens here.

Frank Rainey
Frank Rainey
4 months ago
Reply to  Dan Winright

Yes it will and it’s not going to take very long

Daisy
Daisy
4 months ago

The Dems always do the same thing. They weaken us and then get us into wars, because they never understand that strength leads to peace and weakness leads to wars. This fool, who didn’t really win the election, will follow suit as he bows to every idiot notion his communist/socialist brothers come up with. This country is in real peril this time because the left has figured out how to win elections while losing elections. There won’t be a Republican to save us

Vladimir
Vladimir
4 months ago
Reply to  Daisy

The “Dems” fully understand what they are doing. They are leading the way into the “Brave New World”.

BarbarA
BarbarA
4 months ago
Reply to  Vladimir

A brave new world to a democrat is the road to Hell

od39@outlook.com
4 months ago
Reply to  Vladimir

Hey Vladimir Crawl Back in your Democratic Hole

BarbarA
BarbarA
4 months ago
Reply to  Daisy

I disagree God is on Trumps side—- and is about to show us all who Jesus Christ really is once and for all—- those who oppose God will wish they had never been born. —-keep the faith—- do not let a little turbulence upset you — fasten your seat belts—- hmm 🤔? Could you drop California off into the ocean or New York City- can you case on earthquake and lower mountain ranges of course not but God can and he has keep the faith

Angie Spellman
Angie Spellman
4 months ago
Reply to  BarbarA

Amen. Keep the faith.

YO VINNIE
YO VINNIE
4 months ago

Ha ha ha ha and 3rd world joe legally received 80 million votes, more than any presidential candidate in US history????????

The Chinese will not even have to fire a shot.

robo
robo
4 months ago
Reply to  YO VINNIE

He rec’d more votes than eligible voters, and SCOTUS, McConnell, Romney, other rinos and ms. grease monkey 1955 pelosi, are now taking the reins of our country, leading us straight to Marxism to the delight of Dominion, Canada, China, Venezuela, Iran, Russia, Ukraine, mexico, Europe, the UN and others. SCOTUS did their part, do marxist societies have a supreme court to protect the peoples constitution? I don’t think so, so they may have just fraacked themselves and America.

BarbarA
BarbarA
4 months ago
Reply to  robo

Are you as mentally ill as Biden

Diksum
Diksum
4 months ago
Reply to  BarbarA

GFY

frank brown
frank brown
4 months ago
Reply to  BarbarA

STFU, your SPEW is disgusting!