Stratcom Commander Outlines Deterrence Strategy
Stratcom Commander Outlines Deterrence
By Amaani Lyle, American Forces
Washington D.C. – (AFPS)
– February 28, 2014 – While U.S. Strategic Command remains capable and ready to
meet its assigned missions, sequestration will continue to stress its human
element and ability to meet 21st century threats, Stratcom’s commander told the
Senate Armed Services Committee here Feb. 28.
Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney reported that though the two-year
bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 and the 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act
reduce near-term budget uncertainty, significant national security challenges
loom, spurring the need for collaboration and a unified command plan.
“Against this dynamic and uncertain backdrop, U.S. Strategic
Command's mission is to partner with other combatant commands to deter and
detect strategic attack against the United States [and] our allies and to defeat
those attacks if deterrence fails,” the admiral said.
The unified command plan-assigned missions are strategic in
nature, global in scope, and intertwined with the capabilities of the joint
military force, the interagency and the whole of government, Haney added. “This
requires increased linkages and synergies at all levels to bring integrated
capabilities to bear through synchronized planning, simultaneous execution of
plans and coherent strategic communications,” he said.
According to Haney, the deterrence plan will be executed
through provision of a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent force,
partnership with other combatant commands, assessment of challenges in space,
development of necessary cyberspace capability and capacity, and preparation for
However, he acknowledged his concern that the current global
security environment is more complex, dynamic and uncertain than at any time in
recent history. “Advances in state and non-military capabilities continue across
air, sea, land [and] space domains, as well as in cyberspace,” Haney said.
The space domain is becoming ever more congested, contested and competitive,
Haney reported, adding that worldwide cyber threats are growing in scale and
“Nuclear powers are investing in long-term and wide-ranging
military modernization programs,” he said. Weapons of mass destruction and
nuclear technologies continue to proliferate, Haney said. “No region in the
world is immune from potential chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear
risk,” he said.
Terrorist threats are still a source of significant ambiguity,
Haney said, and the threat of homegrown violent extremists remains a concern.
The admiral noted that the priority is to ensure a safe,
secure, and effective nuclear deterrence force in accordance with the 2010
nuclear posturing review.
In light of recent personnel issues within the
intercontinental ballistic missile force, Haney said he supports Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel's initiative to assemble key Defense Department
stakeholders to seek long-term, systematic solutions that will maintain trust
and confidence in the nuclear enterprise.
Haney emphasized that America's nuclear deterrent force
remains safe, secure and effective.
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Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney
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