Nuclear Warfare

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The Threat of Nuclear Warfare

Is There a New Threat of Nuclear Warfare Facing the U.S.?
While the U.S. is no longer in a Cold War with the Soviet Union where the threat of nuclear warfare was a constant, the threat still remains today in a different and more frightening capacity. During the Cold War, the U.S. and the Soviet Union were the only superpowers with the capability of nuclear warfare. Today, this has changed. There are over 20 countries with the capability of engaging in nuclear warfare. In addition to that, there are many more countries seeking nuclear weapons. The U.S. and the Soviet Union showed great restraint and accepted the equal threat of mutual destruction if one of the two countries ever engaged in a nuclear attack. Many of the new members of the nuclear weapons club around the globe don't concern themselves with the threat of mutual destruction. Their objectives are terror and intimidation to anyone that opposes them or gets in their way.

A New Set of Requirements Necessary to Prevent Nuclear Warfare
It is clear that there is an out of control push by many countries to obtain nuclear weapons for destructive purposes. Nations at the top of the list are Iran, Syria, and Lybia. North Korea already possesses nuclear weapons and has stated that they have the ballistic missile technology to deliver a nuclear weapon to the western shores of the U.S. There are four main points laid forth in the 2002 Nuclear Posture Review which are still relevant today to preventing nuclear warfare.

1.  Assure friends and allies of the U.S. that the country is very capable in deterring other rogue nations against using nuclear weapons

2.  Dissuasion involves staying ahead of any other nation in the latest technology thereby making it extremely difficult for anyone to compete against the U.S.

3.  Deterrence is still a critical part of preventing nuclear warfare anywhere on the globe. The U.S. is still supreme at displaying military superiority over other nations.

4.  Defeat of enemy threats. The U.S. needs to continue to field sophisticated and technologically advanced weapons missile defense systems to eliminate a hostile nuclear warhead before it can detonate.

Changes in the Environment are Necessary to Thwart Enemy Efforts
Modernization is not only about weapons but delivery systems. There are many weapons available today that can be delivered in many unconventional ways. A suitcase nuclear device is one example. The U.S. needs to be prepared for devices such as this by having command centers in fortified underground locations. Leaders in the U.S. need to be vigilant about tracking down and dealing harshly with rogue states and terrorist groups seeking to harm the U.S. Furthermore, the U.S. needs to communicate to its allies that they do not need to obtain nuclear weapons to "make up" for U.S. shortfalls in protecting them from hostile nations with nuclear capabilities. Instead, the U.S. needs to reassure them that they will be protected by U.S. missile defense installations. Lastly, the U.S. must be vigilant about reducing the risk of unconventional type weapons like an electromagnetic pulse weapon (EMP) being detonated and drastically affecting life in the U.S.

Discover more about the role of nuclear weapons and how the U.S. must be on the front lines of preventing nuclear warfare by reading the article The Role of Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century  HERE. No other country is going to protect the U.S. or its allies in this new missile age where the threat of nuclear warfare is real and growing more intense daily. Because of this, the U.S. must be proactive in the development of technologies and advanced missile defense systems to confidently address the threats from rogue nations with nuclear weapons.