Pentagon Reports New Nuclear Defense Plan

Nearly 30 years after the end of the Cold War, nuclear deterrence and defense are now in the spotlight. The Pentagon presented its new nuclear plan this month that will modernize nuclear defenses on land, sea and air; or known as the "nuclear triad," while seeking changes to its nuclear weapons.

All components of the American nuclear arsenal on land, sea and air are expected to expire in the next ten years. Experts say that if America does not take action to modernize from now on, then the nuclear arsenal goal – that is to deter other countries from using their nuclear weapons – could be threatened.

Michaela Dodge at the Heritage Foundation says, "There is a presumption that American action will cause nuclear arms rivalry, but I think it's already going on, it's just that America is not taking part in the fight. "

Some analysts say Russia and China have started to update their nuclear weapons program twenty years ago. It is also overshadowed by North Korea's nuclear threat and the development of Iran's nuclear weapons.

To address this change, the Pentagon called for two additional nuclear weapons of America. First, restoring the ability to launch sea-based missiles, a capability possessed by Americans during the Cold War.

Second, is to add low-capacity ballistic missiles – or whose strengths are not too large – to be launched from submarines. This addition will be able to dampen the ambitions of America's strongest enemy, namely Russia, which is likely to use low-capacity weapons to impose its will in small conflicts.

Michael O'Hanlon at the Brookings Institution says, "I tend to get back on track. last year where both sides reduced the role of nuclear weapons in their foreign policy. I think Russia is not giving us that option now, so for the moment I think we should be more assertive than my earlier expectations. "

The Obama administration's posture review of 2010 produced a delicate balance between the ultimate goal of a world without nuclear weapons maintaining safe and effective nuclear weapons. The Trump government version focuses on the second point of maintaining American weapons, and making the issue of arms control an option that is not prioritized. [em/jm]

Trump Files Bigger Budget for Pentagon

President Donald Trump proposed the largest military budget since 2011 to build a nuclear defense system and withhold the growing strength of China and Russia.

Under the proposal, part of the proposed Trump budget request for the government, the Pentagon will receive $ 617 billion and an additional $ 69 billion to fund the ongoing share of war in fiscal 2019. The fund rose by $ 74 billion from the budget in the previous fiscal year.

But critics say the budget increase still does not match Trump's promise in the 2019 presidential campaign. Trump often illustrates the US military's lack of funding.

The 2019 budget document specifically highlights the effort "to stop the erosion of US military superiority in relation to China and Russia" which is the focus of the National Defense Strategy announced by Defense Minister Jim Mattis in January. [as/fw]

Pentagon No Limit Information Release on Coalition Business in Afghanistan

The Pentagon says it does not intend to limit the release of vital information about American Enterprises and the coalition in Afghanistan, which blames "human error in labeling."

The main American Superintendent for US business in Afghanistan issued its quarterly report to Congress on Tuesday , who strongly criticized military officials for censoring information on the number of areas under government or under insurgent groups such as the Taliban

"This development is troubling for some reason, at least, that this is the first time, the office of the Inspector General specifically instructed not to release information marked 'unclassified' to American taxpayers, "said John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Reconstruction of Afghanistan, also known as Sigar.

But officials in Operation Resolute Support, led by NATO, give advice and "It is not the Purpose of Resolute Support Operations to withhold or classify the information available in previous reports," Captain Tom Gresback's Resolute Support spokesman said in a statement.

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Pentagon Extends More Widespread Counter-Terrorism Cooperation with Indonesia

The Pentagon wants to increase counterterrorism cooperation with Indonesian elite troops, said US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday during his visit to Jakarta.

The special forces unit, known as Kopassus, has been accused of perpetrating a series of human rights abuses, murder and torture, mostly in the 1990s. "It's been over 20 years ago, and we'll see it since then," Mattis said after meeting with President Joko Widodo, Defense Secretary Ryamizard Ryacudu, and other leaders.

19659002] The visit of Mattis aims to extend military cooperation as a whole with Indonesia, which modernizes its military and has shown greater willingness to forge ahead with China's territorial claims.

Indonesia also faces the possible return of hundreds of its fighters for the terror group of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS).

"We are ready to expand relations in various ways to respond to every request from Indonesia in counterterrorism, including with special forces units" Mattis said in addition to his Indonesian counterpart, "he explained.

After the talks , Defense Minister Ryacudu said that he asked Mattis to help loosen "By our rule, there are well established procedures for rehabilitating units that have been blamed or have taken certain actions," Mattis said. "And we will go through the established procedure," Mattis added. [lt]

Pentagon denies linked unmanned aircraft attack in Syria

The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) strongly denies involvement in drone attacks on Russian airbase in Syria.

The Russian military on Thursday showcased several unmanned aircraft that he claimed were shot down after

Director of Joint Staff, Lieutenant General Fenneth F. Mckenzie Jr. said: "I firmly state that America is not at all involved with drone attacks at the Russian base anytime."

His comments were delivered during a press conference at the Pentagon. [my/ii]