Russia and the United States have seemingly been engaged in a nuclear competition with each one trying to push forward their technologies. However, in a recent interview with former CIA/NSA contractor, Steven Kelly, it appears that Russia may have more powerful nuclear technology than the United States. Should the West be scared?
Kelly said in a recent interview that the West is now lagging behind Russia especially when it comes to nuclear delivery systems. What is more interesting is that the United States does not seem to be able to catch up to Moscow’s progress. This is further backed by the statements of commander of the US Strategic Command, Adm. Cecil Haney, and other Pentagon officials. The West potentially losing its credibility as a deterrent to other threats if its technology is not modernized, they concurred.
“The delivery systems for the United States’ nuclear arsenal are considerably obsolete and out-of-date, they have not been modernized and all of these rockets have actually been used well beyond the useful date that they were intended to be used for, so those useful dates have been extended considerably,” Kelly told Press TV in an interview. “The Russians, on the other hand, have become quite advanced in their delivery system and missile technology and unlike the Americans, they have quite a few new systems and development [of missiles], the Americans are certainly long overdue in trying to catch up and maintain some sort of a credible delivery system,” he added.
In another report by Military, Hanney was also quoted saying “we’re at the brick wall stage.” It refers to the need for the US to modernize its nuclear weapons. While the current force can still fight, it is still important to upgrade the technology to maintain the country’s credibility. This has sparked a debate on whether spending billions of dollars to develop new generation nuclear weapons is necessary. Critics counter that it will be costly and unnecessary to proceed with full-scale modernization.
“We need to replace these,” said Robert Work, the deputy secretary of defense. He also added that the United States cannot delay such anymore and that the Pentagon will have to spend around $18 billion annually between 2021 and 2035 to upgrade the US nuclear triad – air, sea and land.