STRATCOM Chief Navy Admiral Chas Richard Says U.S. Defence Department is “Furiously” Rewriting Nuclear Deterrence to Address Russia and China; However, Richard Says, America’s “expertise is just not what it was at the end of the Cold War.”

Adm. Chas Richard, commander, U.S. Strategic Command, addresses defense and industry leaders from Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, on March 17, 2021. U.S. AIR FORCE / MARK HERLIHY

STRATCOM Chief Navy Admiral Chas Richard Says U.S. Defence Department is “Furiously” Rewriting Nuclear Deterrence to Address Russia and China; However, Richard Says, America’s “expertise is just not what it was at the end of the Cold War.”

The United States is “furiously” writing a new nuclear deterrence theory that simultaneously faces Russia and China, said the top commander of America’s nuclear arsenal—and needs more Americans working on how to prevent nuclear war.

Officials at U.S. Strategic Command have been responding to how threats from Moscow and Beijing have changed this year, said STRATCOM chief Navy Adm. Chas Richard.

As Russian forces crossed deep into Ukraine this spring, Richard said he delivered the first-ever real-world commander’s assessment on what it was going to take to avoid nuclear war. But China has further complicated the threat, and the admiral made an unusual request to experts assembled at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, on Thursday:

“We have to account for three-party [threats],” Richard said. “That is unprecedented in this nation’s history. We have never faced two peer nuclear-capable opponents at the same time, who have to be deterred differently.”

Source: Defense One, Tara Copp

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