NEWSWATCH: “U.S. Outlines Plan on Nuclear-Weapons Use; Policy says arsenal might be option in response to major nonnuclear attack” – Wall Street Journal/Michael R. Gordon

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“… a new … [U.S.] Nuclear Posture Review [declares that t]he U.S. … would consider using nuclear weapons only in ‘extreme circumstances’ to defend itself and its allies, including against ‘significant non-nuclear strategic attacks. … includ[ing] but … not limited to, attacks on the U.S., allied, or partner civilian population or infrastructure … nuclear forces, their command and control, or warning and attack assessment capabilities’ …. It calls for developing and deploying 100 new land-based missiles to replace the Minuteman …. [starting] in 2029 …. [a] new B-21 bomber … a new nuclear-tipped air-launched cruise missile …. F-35A aircraft … capable of carrying nuclear as well as conventional weapons. An extensive program to upgrade the Energy Department nuclear weapons infrastructure [also is planned.] … By 2030, the U.S. should be able to produce at least 80 plutonium pits …. [T]he U.S. might not … develop a new sea-launched cruise missile if Russia comes into compliance with a 1987 treaty banning intermediate-range [land-based] missiles …. The U.S. has alleged … Russia has breached the agreement [with] an illegal ground-launched cruise missile. …”

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