Former secretary of Defense William Perry warned the Obama administration that the U.S. is at the brink of a nuclear war. The nuclear arms race is at Cold War levels, the former secretary said. He called for the immediate disarmament of the intercontinental ballistic missile stockpile of U.S..
“We’re now at the precipice, maybe I should say the brink, of a new nuclear arms race. This arms race will be at least as expensive as the arms race we had during the Cold War, which is a lot of money,” Perry said as quoted by the Defense News.
The most dangerous scenario at present is an accidental war, Perry cautioned. “Today, probably I would not have said this 10 years ago, but today we now face the kind of dangers of a nuclear event like we had during the Cold War, an accidental war,” the former defense secretary said.
Perry called for the government to halt all steps being made involving the advancement of its nuclear stockpile. “I see an imperative, to stop damn nuclear arms race from accelerating again,” he said.
Perry’s statement came just as Pentagon announced last week that it awarded a $49 million contract to Lockheed Martin. The contract involved outfitting five more of Navy’s DDg51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers with the Aegis Weapon System. As previously reported by Morning News USA, the Aegis system specializes on ship surveillance and intercontinental ballistic missile tracking. Intercontinental ballistic missile is a guided ballistic missile that has a minimum range of more than 5,500 kilometers. It is primarily designed for nuclear weapons delivery. It can also carry warheads of both chemical and biological weapons.
Incidentally, Perry also warned against further defense industry consolidation during a Defense Writers Group breakfast. Asked what the government could do to avoid more consolidation, Perry’s answer was abrupt. “We should be more explicit in saying we already have enough consolidation.”
The U.S. has more than enough nuclear stockpile. Over the weekend, Poland fueled fears of nuclear war when it requested access of NATO’s nuclear weapon. By virtue of the Alliance’s nuclear-sharing program, all country members can borrow nuclear weapons from the U.S.