s strategic command is calling for military and federal leaders to reimagine methods of deterring aggressive action from rivals such as china and russia, including the real possibility of nuclear war Music. In a stark assessment of the current geopolitical landscape, stratcom commander adm charles richard, warned that china and russia had begun to aggressively challenge international norms in ways not seen since the height of the cold war. Richard cited a rise in cyber attacks and threats in space, as well as their investment in advanced arms such as nuclear weapons. Stratcom is responsible for the u.s nuclear deterrent. There is a real possibility that a regional crisis with russia or china could escalate quickly to a conflicts involving nuclear weapons if they perceived a conventional loss would threaten the regime or state. Richard wrote in the february issue of proceedings the u.s naval, institute’s monthly magazine. Consequently, the u.s military must shift its principal assumption from nuclear. Employment is not possible to nuclear employment is a very real possibility and act to meet and detriment. Reality Music. We cannot approach nuclear deterrence the same way. It must be tailored and evolved for the dynamic environment. We face richard argued that recent actions by both countries would increase the risk of great power, crisis or conflict if left unchecked by the u.s officials. The stratcom commander noted russia was aggressively modernizing its nuclear arsenal in china is also on a trajectory to be a strategic peer and should not be mistaken.
As a lesser included case Music, richard outlined several steps necessary to improve preparedness, including the development of a unity of effort in regard to deterrence of both rival powers, a review of how to proceed. If deterrence were to fail in a given conflict and a sharpened focus on procurement of weapon systems and other capabilities that would maintain america’s strategic advantage over rivals, this is a sobering picture. It is not intended to discourage. Rather, it is meant to highlight reality and reinvigorate a conversation across the enterprise. Our challenges are not insurmountable: Music – former gen lloyd, austin president beaton’s newly appointed secretary of defense signaled during his confirmation hearing that he would seek to update the strategy toward china upon taking office. I believe that we still have the qualitative edge and the competitive edge over china.