U.S. Strategic Command suggested its adversaries may consider nuclear use in a statement released on Twitter Monday night.
“Posture Statement Preview: The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable. We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option,” the account tweeted just before Midnight on Monday.
Many users replied to the tweet questioning the meaning behind it.
“What does this all mean?” One user asked.
“What’s a worse option than nuclear?” Another user questioned.
“That’s a pretty ominous statement…” Someone else replied.
According to the Daily Mail, every year, the U.S. Strategic Command submits a Posture Review Statement to inform Congress of the current status of the roles, commitments, accomplishments, plans and needs of the agency.
It also determines the command’s readiness for combat, its strategic vision and likely causes of conflict in the near future.
According to a USSTRATCOM spokesperson, the tweet was a preview to testimony that will be given this week.
Commander Charles Richard will give a testimony to the House Armed Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Armed Services on Wednesday.
The purpose of the hearing is “to receive testimony in advance of the FY22 budget request in the context of overall posture of United States Strategic Forces and the stand-up of Space Command,” according to the House Armed Services Committee.
“We will provide strategic deterrence for the Nation and assurance of the same to our Allies and partners,” Richards said in a statement. “If deterrence fails, we are prepared to deliver a decisive response, decisive in every possible way; and … we will do this with a resilient, equipped, and trained combat-ready force.”
“A powerful, ready triad; a survivable nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) system; and a responsive nuclear weapons infrastructure are the foundation that enables strategic deterrence and assurance which is fundamental to our survival as a Nation, and deters adversaries from conducting nuclear and non-nuclear strategic attacks against our Nation, our Allies, and our partners,” the statement continues.
“To be clear, nuclear deterrence is the highest priority mission of the Department of Defense – our deterrent underwrites every U.S. military operation around the world and is the foundation and backstop of our national defense.”
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