REPORT: Pentagon says Russia is increasing the size of its nuclear arsenal
CBN News says they have learned from the Pentagon that Russia is expanding the size of its nuclear arsenal from 7,000 to 8,000 in a new report.
CBN News has learned Russia is planning to expand its nuclear arsenal.
“The reason why we should be worried is because Russia’s national security goals at times are at fundamental odds with the United States,” explained Michaela Dodge, a missile defense and nuclear weapons modernization expert with The Heritage Foundation.
Dodge says Russia has consistently violated treaties by making certain types of nuclear armed ballistic missiles.
Now, Pentagon sources tell CBN News they’ve learned Russia wants to expand its nuclear weapons from approximately 7,000 to 8,000 over the next 10 years.
Some believe that includes nukes that would deliver a crippling electromagnetic pulse and weapons that release large amounts of radiation.
Sources say Russia’s new weapons would likely include both large strategic warheads more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
CBN News has learned Russia plans to create more short-range missiles as well to get around arms treaty limits.
The Pentagon’s top brass say they are monitoring the situation.
“It’s about alliances and partnerships. We are going to continue to help our NATO allies to deter any aggression,” Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana White said.
“We watch it closely,” added Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, joint staff director. “We are on a trajectory that we believe is going to give us a lot of good alternatives as we confront their growing forces.”
They also report that the Pentagon tells them that the US has no plans to increase the size of its own arsenal. Trump did say this in October as well, pointing out that we would be modernizing our nuclear weapons, but not increasing them.