Last week, April 21, the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces held a hearing for “FY22 Strategic Forces Posture.”
The House Armed Service Committee, the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces:
[H]as jurisdiction over Department of Defense and Department of Energy policy related to strategic deterrence, strategic stability, nuclear weapons, strategic and nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear safety, missile defense, and space; Department of Defense programs and accounts related to nuclear weapons, strategic missiles, nuclear command and control systems, Department of Defense intelligence space, space systems and services of the military departments, and intermediate and long-range missile defense systems; and Department of Energy national security programs and accounts.Strategic Forces – House Armed Service Committee
Ms. Melissa Dalton
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, Strategy, Plans and Capabilities
U.S. Department of Defense
Admiral Charles Richard
United States Strategic Command
Gen James Dickinson
United States Space Command attention was this statement from STRATCOM’s Admiral Charles Richard. [h/t to Ty]
One of the things that brought attention [h/t Ty] to the hearing was this statement by Admiral Richard:
As you listen to Admiral Richard’s opening statement it becomes a little more clear why he may say such an “unbelievable statement.”
Strategic deterrence enables every U.S. military operation around the world. Every operational plan and every other capability we possess rests on an assumption that strategic deterrence, and in particular nuclear deterrence, is holding.
If it fails nothing else in the department works as planned.
I submit, as a nation, until recently, we had not considered the implications of engaging in competition through crisis and possible direct armed conflict with a nuclear capable adversary in nearly three decades.
For the first time in our nation’s history we are about to face two nuclear capable strategic peer adversaries at the same time, both of whom must be deterred differently.
Admiral Richard’s opening remarks begin ~8:57 and end at ~14:05.
What I find as worrisome is knowing Republican Representative Mo Brooks is on this committee.