China’s Nuclear Expansion Prompts Strategic Reassessment

satellite image of China building silos
The public revelation this summer that China is building hundreds of silos that may be intended as ICBM launch sites has prompted a fundamental rethink of U.S. nuclear deterrence strategy.
Credit: Planet/Middlebury Institute of International Studies
A U.S. military official has warned that China soon will leapfrog Russia as the Defense Department’s top nuclear threat, amplifying a yearlong, rapid reappraisal of Beijing’s capabilities and intentions. The assessment conducted by Lt. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command...

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