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Enhancing Deterrence with Supplemental Nuclear Capabilities

In addition to modernization and fielding of new strategic nuclear capabilities, Russia is modernizing and expanding its arsenal of approximately 2,000 nonstrategic nuclear weapons. This includes nuclear torpedoes, nuclear air and missile defense interceptors, nuclear depth charges, nuclear landmines, and nuclear artillery shells—more than a dozen types. None of these are limited by any current arms control treaty.The U.S. and Russia agreed to reduce or eliminate many of these non-strategic nuclear weapons at the end of the Cold War. Although the U.S. did so, and retains only a small number of one type (B61 nuclear gravity bombs), Russia has not fulfilled its commitment and has retained, modernized, and is expanding its non-strategic arsenal. The numerical imbalance in non-strategic nuclear weapons between Russia and the U.S. is very large and growing. Russia’s public statements and nuclear threats, its well-documented and wellrehearsed military doctrine to use nuclear weapons to “de-escalate” a conventional conflict....................

 

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