Haney: Nuclear Triad Remains
Necessary for Deterrence
By Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media
Washington D.C. — (DoD
News) — October 23, 2015 — Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney doesn’t deal in sound
bites or bumper sticker sayings or elevator speeches, nor should he. The world
is a complex place, and as the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, Haney must
look deeper at the second- and third- and fourth-order effects of actions. So,
asking him about current world events means a deep dive for this submariner.
Haney spoke to the Defense Writers’ Group yesterday and gave
reporters a tutorial on deterrence and what the United States needs to navigate
in an uncertain world.
Maintain, Modernize Nuclear Triad
He started with the need to maintain and modernize the
current nuclear triad. Some say the full triad -- bombers, ICBMs and
submarine-launched weapons -- is too expensive and that one leg of the triad
“We often see the argument about whether we can afford [the
triad],” Haney said. “I would change it around a little bit and ask, ‘Can we
afford not to modernize?’ The Cold War ended years ago, but the world hasn’t
stood still and other nations have nuclear weapons and they are modernizing them,
the admiral said. “It’s no longer just looking at two countries,” Haney said,
referring to the nuclear weapons situation that existed between the United
States and the former Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Today, he said, China has launched a new ballistic missile
submarine and is looking at multiple reentry vehicle improvements. And, North
Korea has a nuclear capability and may have miniaturized components to place
aboard an ICBM, the admiral said.
Turning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Haney noted that
“we’ve seen him more recently with some kind of submarine capability and very
recently parading around the intercontinental ballistic missile for all to see.”
In consideration of such potential threats, today’s world
remains a dangerous and unpredictable place, the admiral said.
“We can’t wish this away,” he said. “We have to have the requisite [deterrence]
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