“They are developing their capabilities on the ground faster than we are,” insisted Admiral Charles Richard, head of US Strategic Command, in charge of US nuclear armaments.
The increase in China’s military capabilities, especially nuclear ones, worries Admiral Charles Richard, head of the US Strategic Command, in charge of US nuclear weapons. “If I assess our level of deterrence against China, the ship is slowly sinking. It’s sinking slowly, but it’s sinking, because basically they’re developing their abilities on earth faster than we are“, he worried before the annual conference of the Navy League of Submarine Forces, CNN reports.
This production will posea short-term problem“, he warned, before adding: “ As these curves continue, it doesn’t matter how good our operational plan is, or how good our commanders are, or how good our forces are—we’re not getting enough.“. “Submarine capabilities are still them…perhaps the only real asymmetric advantage we still have over our adversaries“, he continued, according to excerpts released by the US Department of Defense.
The admiral warned that “this Ukrainian crisis […] is just the warm-up“. “The big moment is coming. And it won’t be long before we are challenged in ways we haven’t seen in a long time“. He also insisted that the United States rapidly increase its capacity to rapidly produce military equipment, even if that meant drawing inspiration from the past.”Before we knew how to drive fast and we lost the art of doing it“. He lists numerous US military successes and pleads for the US to return to a conquering and productive state of mind.”Otherwise, China will simply overtake us, and Russia will not be going anywhere soon.“.
Last year, Admiral Charles Richard had already warned: “We are witnessing a strategic breakthrough from China. The explosive growth and modernization of its nuclear and conventional forces can only be what I describe as breathtaking, and frankly, that word breathtaking might not be enough.“. Described by the Biden administration as “largest global competitor“, China has”probably intend to have at least 1000 warheads shippable by the end of the decade“, we could read in Nuclear Posture Review.
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