The United States military is relying on zero-hour modernization to maintain its aging nuclear arsenal as an effective deterrent against adversaries, according to two top U.S. generals.
North Korea could soon have the capacity to launch an attack on Hawaii that would devastate America’s Pacific military bases, accelerating the need for the United States to upgrade the state’s missile defense.
The European Union is considering the creation of a nuclear weapons program that would absorb France’s arsenal to protect the 28-member bloc amid concerns that President Donald Trump will withdraw American support from Brussels.
The United States is losing the capability to conduct underground nuclear tests that could be needed in the future to gauge the reliability of the nuclear arsenal.
North Korea said on Monday it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile the previous day, claiming advances in a weapons program it is pursuing in violation of U.N. resolutions.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday warned North Korea that any use of nuclear weapons by Pyongyang would be met with an “effective and overwhelming” response.
Lawmakers and leading experts on Tuesday discussed the failed U.S. policy toward North Korea, the latter noting that diplomacy alone will not convince Pyongyang to relinquish its nuclear program.