(ORDO NEWS) — Experts are worried about the unfounded confidence of the major powers that the nuclear conflict can be limited. On the contrary, the world is experiencing a new round of nuclear rivalry. Russia and China continue to test new missiles and expand their arsenal, and this, experts say, could lead to an uncontrolled nuclear war.
Experts believe the US is “in great danger” as fears grow that missile developments in China and Russia could lead to an uncontrolled nuclear war.
Washington is currently modernizing its entire fleet, while Beijing and Moscow continue to test new missiles and expand their arsenal.
Kingston Reif, director of disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association, said we are not seeing an arms race that is tantamount to a Cold War, but warned that the world should be concerned as Russia and China develop their arsenals.
He told The Sun: “As far as the arms race is concerned, I would not portray it as it was during the Cold War, when the United States and the Soviet Union created tens of thousands of nuclear weapons.
We are witnessing a new round of nuclear rivalry between major powers, which in the near future may become even larger and more dangerous if we do not take steps to prevent it.”
Experts are concerned about the threats to national security this rivalry poses.
Rafe said: “Since there is nuclear rivalry, especially between the major powers, it means a significant threat to the security of the United States and its allies.
This raises concerns about the escalation of the conflict to the nuclear level and raises concerns about the unfounded confidence of the major powers that a nuclear conflict can be limited or controlled.
As competition continues to evolve, it raises concerns about a nuclear arms race among all powers seeking to increase the size, diversity and capabilities of their arsenal in response to the actions of others. ”
Peter Gries of the University of Manchester said: “There could be a security dilemma that would lead to a spiraling nuclear arms race where it would compromise security.”
Fears of a potential conflict are growing after the emergence of photographs showing Chinese authorities excavating in a field that looks like a mine field with dozens of silos that could be used to launch nuclear missiles.
China appears to be expanding its nuclear arsenal after the Washington Post reported last month that Beijing was building more than 100 additional missile silos in the country’s northwest Gansu province.
Grice said: “These mines can be strategic. We don’t know if there will be additional missiles. We know there are additional mines. “
He suggested that Beijing may be trying to move into negotiating tactics or potentially embarking on a nuclear arms race, which he fears could have serious security implications.
“Strengthening the Forces of Nuclear Deterrence”
He said, “This is where the danger lies. If it becomes known that China is currently expanding its nuclear deterrent force, it will force other players to retaliate. “
China’s apparent strengthening of its nuclear arsenals comes as Washington modernizes its navy.
The US nuclear triad has three components – air, sea and land – and its purpose is to try to reduce the likelihood of a future nuclear conflict.
Washington is modernizing its Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which have a speed of more than 24,000 kilometers per hour and a range of more than 10,000 kilometers.
Rafe called the ground component “the least stabilizing and valuable” for the triad, urging Biden to explore cost-effective alternatives.
He warned: “There is considerable inertia in the development of a new ICBM.
Congress on a bipartisan basis supports the idea of creating an ICBM, but potential alternatives to the existing plan for a new system have not been sufficiently explored.
The Biden administration is obliged, at a minimum, to assess potential alternatives – to assess the need for ICBMs over a wider range of parameters.”
The basis of strategic aviation, the means of the global strike of the US armed forces, is the B-52 Stratofortress strategic jet bombers.
In service there are about 70 bombers, and they are capable of a maximum speed of up to 1000 kilometers (650 miles) per hour.
They can fly at an altitude of 15,240 meters (50,000 feet) and have a bomb load of up to 31,500 kilograms of various weapons.
The B-2 heavy stealth strategic bombers are extremely aerodynamic, which gives them an edge over other types of bombers.
According to the US Department of Defense, a B-2 plane can fly about 9,600 kilometers without refueling.
The naval component of the US nuclear triad consists of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines, and a growing number of experts agree that this component is the most tenacious.
According to available information, in the 2030s, Ohio-class submarines will be replaced by a highly modernized fleet of submarines known as Columbia-class submarines.
They can remain in service until the 2080s.
But despite the apparent future longevity of these submarines, experts warn of the potential limits of the submarines’ capabilities.
Rafe said: “No one can predict what technology will be in 30 years or even 10 years, but there are fears that our submarines will become vulnerable or our oceans will become more transparent.”
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