The U.S. is considering using a weapon that has never been tested on an actual enemy to fight terrorism and terrorism-related threats, but the White House is weighing options that could include a new cruise missile that could target Iran’s nuclear facilities, a military standoff with Russia and possibly a new warhead that could kill an enemy at a distance.
The administration has already begun discussions about whether to use nuclear weapons against North Korea’s ballistic missiles, which Pyongyang regularly threatens to use in retaliation for U.N. sanctions on its nuclear program.
Trump is expected to announce an expanded military buildup and launch a campaign to pressure Russia into halting its nuclear and missile programs.
Russia and China are expected to retaliate by deploying more missile defense systems to their shores and increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula, which is also a potential target.
But the U.A.E. has resisted a direct U.L.P.A., which could mean it will continue to maintain an arsenal of its own.
“It is clear the ULPs have no choice but to remain,” said Michael Knights, a nuclear expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
For now, the U,L.
Ps nuclear arsenal has a limited deterrent capability, with the capability to launch only a limited number of nuclear warheads, Knights said.
It has no ground-launched nuclear weapons, and its missiles are largely limited to the U-2 spy planes, the B-2 bomber and other small bombers that can be used for reconnaissance.
However, if the ULMPs nuclear capabilities are used, they could become a “nuclear first strike,” which would put it in a unique position to respond to a terrorist attack.
Some of the ULSPs missile defenses are already in place, but some of the more sophisticated missiles are still being tested, Knights explained.
Nuclear weapons are only a small part of the strategic calculus of the nuclear-armed U.U.LPs.
The country also has a strategic nuclear umbrella, which includes weapons that could potentially be used in a conflict with a country like North Korea, said Michael O’Hanlon, director of the Arms Control and Nonproliferation Program at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.
With its nuclear weapons arsenal, the United States could also deter potential adversaries from attacking the UU, Knights warned.
“We need to be thinking about a deterrence of the kind that North Korea is developing,” he said.
Trump and his advisers are already working on what to do about the threat of North Korea.
He has asked the Pentagon to consider deploying a submarine capable of sinking ballistic missiles launched from its territory and has threatened to use force to protect the U of A. A second option is for the president to go back to the drawing board and take a more aggressive stance on North Korea and its nuclear programs.
“It’s hard to see the president doing anything more than simply saying, ‘We are going to have to make a decision,’ ” Knights said, noting that the US. has no capability to destroy the North Korean missile program.
The U.M.A.’s decision to leave the ULA’s contract has caused a stir in the nuclear industry, but it’s unclear what impact it will have on the nuclear weapons program.
ULA said it will keep working with the White the nuclear arms program.
It also has been lobbying Congress for a new contract with a new company, Advanced Precision Capability, to develop a new, more powerful nuclear-capable missile.
As of now, Trump and his team have not said how they would proceed if Congress doesn’t renew the contract.
“If Congress doesn´t renew this contract, it will not be renewed,” a senior administration official told reporters, noting there are several issues with the contract that could prevent it from being renewed.