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The stalled Russian offensive into Ukraine has raised the risk of ‘Vlad the Invader’ Putin choosing to use tactical nukes to ensure victory. As ADN has reported Russia has far more tactical nuclear weapons than the U.S. or NATO, and Russian nuclear doctrine emphasizes ‘escalate to de-escalate.’

This allows Russia to use tactical nuclear weapons first to stave off defeat or simply deter enemies from escalating.

But there is an even greater concern – the Russian nuclear ‘Doomsday’ system to launch nukes automatically without human control.

The Cold War-era system is called ‘Perimeter,’ and once switched on, can launch the entire Russian nuclear arsenal in response to a nuclear attack.

The Russian Federation currently has an estimated 1,600 deployed tactical nuclear weapons, with an additional 2,400 strategic nuclear warheads for its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and sub-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).

This makes Russia the largest nuclear power in the world, and ALL of these nukes are tied into the Perimeter.

As Military.com explains:

Called “Dead Hand” in the West, the theory is that a command and control system measures communications on military frequencies, radiation levels, air pressure, heat and short-term seismic disturbances. If the measurement points to a nuclear attack, the Perimeter begins a sequence that would end in the firing of all ICBMs in the Soviet (now, Russian) arsenal.

Perimeter would launch a command rocket, tipped with a radio warhead that transmits launch orders to Russian nuclear silos, even with the presence of radio jamming. The rocket would fly across the entire length of the country. After a number of test launches to prove the viability of such a command rocket, the Perimeter system went online in 1985.

The Soviet Union never confirmed that such a system ever existed, but Russian Strategic Missile Forces Gen. Sergey Karakaev confirmed it to a Russian newspaper in 2011, saying the U.S. could be destroyed in 30 minutes. Russian state media outlets suggest the system was upgraded to include radar early warning systems and Russia’s new hypersonic missiles.

What does this mean now with Russian forces in combat near NATO’s borders? Military.com continues:

In a crisis that might mean a first strike from the United States, high-ranking government officials or military commanders could activate the Perimeter. Perimeter would guarantee that the Soviet Union (and now, Russia) could respond even if its entire armed forces were wiped out.

“Since the Perimeter is reportedly still active,’ Military.com adds, “the danger of an automatic, computer-generated nuclear strike still exists. Now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has put Russia’s nuclear weapons on high alert, he might have taken Russia’s doomsday device on notice as well.”

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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David T
David T
3 months ago

He must think we don’t have nuclear weapons too, if he fires one ,we fire one, then everybody else fires one, then we have a nuclear winter then nobody has to worry anymore, so what did he win besides the end, the midnight clock is at 100 seconds,.
It’s cheaper if somebody takes him out instead of costing the whole world it cost 50 cents to get rid of one asshole well maybe two we have one over here too that needs to go, both are presidents, the only difference they have one with balls we have one with a kitty between his legs. Putin’s administration and the Biden administration are the same they’re made up of braindead old idiots. Semper Fi MF

lawdog13
lawdog13
3 months ago

Sounds a lot like Dr. Strangelove to me.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
3 months ago

LISTEN UP….PUTIN Needs to be ARRESTED. HE is a DANGER to the CIVILIZED WORLD. THERE Must be SOMETHING Someone or SOME PEOPLE Can DO. HE is a TICKING TIME BOMB. What HE is DOING in UKRAINE Proves that. From SamuraiQueen. 😢😢😢😩😩😩

CharlieSeattle
CharlieSeattle
2 months ago

A bit of reality…
Several dictators and a senile ol’fk control over 13,000 nukes.