Pentagon Dumping Sea-Based Nuclear Cruise Missile Program

During the Trump administration, the Pentagon stated they wanted to develop a brand new nuclear-armed, sea-launched cruise missile. But the Biden administration’s Pentagon dumping the program, saying that it was unnecessary, is worrisome. They dumped it in mid-stride. How many millions that will waste is unknown. The information was released on October 27 in Pentagon documents: the National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review, and Missile Defense Review.

“But the Biden administration said in its review that the sea-launched cruise missile program was unnecessary and would be canceled because the United States already had the ‘means to deter limited nuclear use.’

One program from the Trump era that Biden is keeping is the W76-2 low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile, which the Pentagon fielded in 2020 to address Russia’s potential employment of similar-scale tactical nuclear weapons, the kind that Moscow has threatened to use in Ukraine to salvage its war there…

In addressing the U.S. military’s strategy, Austin told reporters that Russia, unlike China, “cannot systemically challenge the United States in the long term,” but he said that Russian aggression currently poses “an immediate and sharp threat to our interests and values.”

Meanwhile, the Chinese regime wants to employ 1,000 deliverable warheads by the end of the 2020s, according to the Pentagon document. The Chinese Communist Party, it added, could use those weapons for military provocations against U.S. allies in the region.” The Epoch Times

We can “deter limited nuclear use.” OK, what about massive nuclear use? Oh that’s right, we’re all toast if THAT happens. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin still maintains that China is our number one adversary, while saying that Russia “understands what our capability is.” So…why delete a program designed to create a new nuclear sea-based cruise missile?  It’s hard to fathom especially when National Defense Strategy defines Russia as an “acute threat” and China as a “consequential” one.

“The PRC remains our most consequential competitor for the coming decades. I have reached this conclusion based on [its] increasingly coercive actions to reshape the Indo-Pacific region and the international system to fit its authoritarian preferences, alongside a keen awareness of [Beijing’s] clearly stated intentions and the rapid modernization and expansion of its military… In these times, business as usual at the department is not acceptable… Lloyd Austin in the National Defense Strategy


And please don’t forget that in addition to the threats from adversaries, the National Defense Strategy defines “climate change” and pandemics as other important challenges. The Nuclear Posture Review states that the United States has a responsibility to maintain “a safe nuclear deterrent and taking steps to reduce the risks of a nuclear war.” We’re not sure what Austin means by a “safe nuclear deterrent.

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Hopefully, the US Military will awaken from its pronoun fixation to actually deal with these issues.



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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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