Just as the White House is caught in a political minefield over the Russia investigation, the Pentagon is taking its toughest line yet against Russia’s resurgent nuclear forces. In its newly released Nuclear Posture Review, the Defense Department has focused much of its multi-billion nuclear effort on an updated nuclear deterrence focused on Russia. “Russia considers the United States and the North
Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to be the principal threats to its contemporary geopolitical ambitions,” the report says. “The Defense Intelligence Agency currently estimates Russia has a stockpile of 2,000 “non-strategic” nuclear weapons including short-range ballistic missiles, gravity bombs and depth charges that can go on medium range bomber aircraft,” according to the report.
“DIA also estimates Russia has nuclear-armed anti-ship, anti-submarine missiles and torpedoes. What do they need nuclear depth charges for?” one US official asked READ MORE