Amidst new threats from North Korea, Iran, and Russia, Trump is looking to increase the number of nuclear weapons the United States has available.
In the modern era, deterrence is the name of the game. With several of our foes working towards achieving their own nuclear ambitions, the President feels it is necessary to build up our nuclear stockpile.
Currently, the United States has 4,480 nuclear weapons, of which 1,411 are currently deployed. In contrast the Russian nuclear arsenal is rumored to be 7,000 with 1,950 currently deployed.
Here’s more from Reuters:
U.S. President Donald Trump wanted to dramatically increase the country’s nuclear arsenal, he said in a meeting with his national security advisers in July, NBC News reported on Wednesday, citing three officials who were present in the room.
Trump’s reported comments come as tensions remained high with North Korea and as Trump is expected to make an announcement on whether to decertify the international deal surrounding Iran’s nuclear program.
The president spoke on July after he was shown a chart indicating the stockpile of U.S. nuclear weapons had slid from a high of 32,000 in the 1960s. Trump said he wanted to have that same number now, NBC reported.
The United States currently has about 4,000 nuclear warheads earmarked for use in its military stockpile, according to the Federation of American Scientists.
While the President is denying that he wanted a dramatic increase in nuclear weapons, updating our current stockpile is not a bad idea. Some of our nuclear weapons were manufactured during the cold war, and rely on 1980s technology.
As of 2017, the United States deploys three platforms to deliver nuclear weapons. Nuclear tipped rockets such as the Minuteman, nuclear cruise missiles fired from submarines, and nuclear ordinance dropped/launched from aircraft.
Trump has not been bashful when talking about his defense policy. Last week he alluded to possible military action in North Korea, as the rouge national continues to taunt the United States, South Korea, and Japan.