The U.S. is planning to develop two new nuclear weapons according to the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review, which was commissioned by President Trump shortly after taking office, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal reports that one of the proposed weapons is a low-yield warhead that would be used with the Trident missile, a rocket deployed on U.S. Navy submarines.
According to The Hill:
The Pentagon is also planning to develop a new nuclear-armed cruise missile that would also be deployed at sea. That plan would reintroduce a system to the U.S. nuclear arsenal that was retired in 2010.
HuffPost published an unclassified draft copy of the review last week, though the Pentagon has said that the draft is “pre-decisional.”
“While the United States has continued to reduce the number and salience of nuclear weapons, others, including Russia and China, have moved in the opposite direction,” a draft of the plan said.
“The United States must be capable of developing and deploying new capabilities, if necessary, to deter, assure, achieve U.S. objectives if deterrence fails, and hedge against uncertainty,” it added.
The review estimates the cost to modernize and operate the U.S. nuclear arsenal at 6.4 percent of the Pentagon’s budget.