A senior US military commander has warned of the threat of another Cold War – and even of a real nuclear conflict.
A nuclear war with Russia or China is a “real possibility,” warned Admiral Charles Richard.
The head of US Strategic Command, which is responsible for nuclear strike capabilities and missile defense, wrote the worrying alarm call, reported The times.
The superpowers are once again challenging global peace and the US urgently needs to adapt to cool the threat. This is evident from his analysis published when US President Joe Biden took over the helm.
The admiral warned in his most recent analysis that the Pentagon’s focus on counter-terrorism over the past few decades has resulted in its “ignoring” the nuclear threat.
According to the newspaper, he wrote: “There is a real possibility that a regional crisis with Russia or China could quickly escalate into a nuclear conflict if they perceive that conventional loss would threaten the regime or the state.
“As a result, the US military needs to shift its core premise from ‘nuclear employment is not possible’ to ‘nuclear employment is a very real possibility’ and act to address and deter this reality.
“Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Ministry of Defense has not had to consider the possibility of great power competition, a crisis or a direct armed conflict with a colleague capable of nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, the current environment no longer offers us this luxury. “
The grim analysis was released when Biden’s Democrats came under pressure to cut back on the spending Donald Trump spent on the military during his reign.
The Trump regime has sparked tension with Beijing over the course of the pandemic.
Trump insisted on calling Covid-19 the “China virus” after the outbreak began in Wuhan.
His regime halted only to support conspiracy theories that the virus was man-made and leaked from a Wuhan laboratory.
Just before Biden came to power, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed the Department of Defense had evidence that Wuhan scientists developed symptoms similar to coronavirus in 2019.
He later outclassed intelligence services, which also claimed the laboratory had secret links with the Chinese military.
Beijing denies both claims, saying the outbreak began in the Wuhan community.
Biden’s presidency is widely expected to focus on diplomatic efforts to stabilize US relations with key powers weakened during the Trump years.
Richard wrote in his analysis that China could become a “strategic peer” of the US.
However, he warned that Beijing had invested in hypersonic and advanced conventional missile systems, as well as a long-range nuclear-capable bomber.
Power had been storing nuclear weapons at a rate that could “double (if not triple or quadruple)” over the next decade, Richard claimed.
Antony Blinken, Biden’s new foreign minister, announced this week that the US and Russia have extended their fresh start treaty.
The treaty, which will restrict the powers’s intercontinental nuclear arsenals for another five years, has been criticized by the Trump administration.
Richard reportedly wrote in the US Naval Institute’s Proceedings that Vladimir Putin had already modernized his regime’s nuclear capabilities and invested in new firepower.
According to the Times, Richard warns that the Kremlin is encompassing new bombers, ICBMs, ballistic missiles fired from submarines, and nuclear ballistic missile submarines.
Putin’s regime has also reportedly developed nuclear warning systems and command and control capabilities, as well as hypersonic glide vehicles and nuclear-armed torpedoes.
The warnings regarding relations with Moscow and Biejing come after Trump dismantled a nuclear deal with Iran that was signed under the leadership of predecessor Barack Obama.
Trump had spent much of his term in office focusing his nuclear diplomacy efforts on North Korea and holding talks with leader Kim Jong-Un.
Iran is pressuring Biden to restore the deal after vowing to spend his first days in power to reverse many of Trump’s policies.
The assassination of Qasam Solemeini by the Trump administration had sparked a period of high tension between the West and the Gulf power early last year.
The Iranian military admitted to mistakenly shooting down a Ukrainian Airlines passenger jet over the capital Tehran and killing everyone on board just days after the chief military general was assassinated.
The events sparked fears of major conflict just before the world was consumed by the coronavirus crisis.