America is falling behind China, warns US military nuclear chief

The US military’s nuclear chief says the US must regain the dynamism and spirit it had in the 1950s and ’60s, calling the war in Ukraine “hot”.

  • Navy Admiral Charles Richards (US DoD)
    Navy Admiral Charles Richards (US DoD)

The US Strategic Command, which oversees the US nuclear weapons programme, urged US forces to increase their defense capabilities as a precautionary measure, saying China is rapidly developing nuclear weapons. “The big one is coming.

Daily Mail Navy Admiral Charles A. Richards believed China’s nuclear threat posed a “near-term problem” and issued the rare blunt warning on Wednesday.

“When I assess our level of deterrence against China, the ship is slowly sinking,” Richard said, “It’s sinking slowly, but it’s sinking, primarily because they’re enabling us in the field faster.”

He stated that the United States needs to regain the dynamism and spirit it had in the 1950s and 60s, “as long as those curves continue, it doesn’t matter how good we are. [operating plan] or how good our commanders are, or how good our horses are – we won’t have enough of them,” he said. “This Ukraine crisis we’re in now, this is just the heat. ”

“The big one is coming, and it won’t be long before we’re tested in ways we haven’t been tested before,” Richard said at the Navy Submarine League’s annual meeting in Arlington, Virginia.

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Richard’s duties, as described by the DoD, include providing recommendations and advice to the President and Secretary of Defense regarding the military capability critical to keeping the United States safe and accomplishing its strategic objectives.

Richard expressed his concerns, stressing that the situation for the United States is dangerous because of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear developments. “We need to make a swift, fundamental change in the way we approach this nation’s security.”

“Let me tell you, the current situation clearly illuminates what nuclear coercion looks like and how you somehow stand up to it,” he said.

In May, US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday said the US Navy’s fleet was too small to handle more than one conflict. According to Gilday, the Navy will struggle to meet its operational needs in the European theater if it keeps forces in the Pacific theater to deter Chinese activity.

However, the admiral highlighted the US’s maritime capabilities and submarine fleet as the country’s strength. The announcement also highlights Richard’s experience serving on multiple submarines before being named the Pentagon’s director of undersea warfare and commanding the U.S. Navy’s only nuclear-powered, deep-submersible submarine, the Submarine NR-1.

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“Undersea capabilities are still one … perhaps the only real asymmetric advantage we still have against our adversaries,” Richard said. “But unless we pick up the pace, sort out our maintenance issues, do the new construction … if we can’t figure that out, we’re not going to be in a good position to maintain strategic deterrence and nationalism. security,” he added.

The US, according to Richard, has “lost the art” of quick response to threats, noting that the US military was resourceful and innovative 60 years ago. “We knew how to move fast, and we’ve lost the art of it,” he said, referring to the invention of the AGM-28 Hound Dog cruise missile in 1960.

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“The Air Force went with a request almost written on a napkin,” he said. “They discovered in the late 1950s that the Soviet Integrated Air Defense Systems B-52 wasn’t going to make it and we needed something called a ‘cruise missile,'” he added.

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“Then they thought what a fixed weapon looked like,” he said.

“We had two squadrons of these 800-nautical-mile Mac Tuplus, megaton nuclear warhead-equipped B-52s that were very accurate for its day, and in less than three years the B-52s were hanging on the wings. “He relayed.

“This weapon is so cool that you can run the engines on its cruise missiles on your wings to give you extra thrust during takeoff,” he said, adding, “We need to get back into the business of not talking. We minimize our presumed ultimate failure.” how?

He went on to urge lawmakers to “turn it around the way we’re used to asking questions in this nation, which is: What goes into it? Is it money? Is it people? Do you want authorities? What risk?”

“That’s how we got to the moon in 1969. We’ve got to bring some of that back,” he said, “otherwise, China will simply overtake us, and Russia isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.”


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