Admiral: China Nuclear Missile Submarine Threat is Not Credible

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by Bill Gertz

China's state-run Global Times published China's plans to kill 5 million to 12 million Americans using submarine-launched nuclear missiles against the U.S. west coast

China’s recent threat to use submarine-launched nuclear missiles to attack U.S. cities lacks credibility, the Navy’s top admiral said on Saturday.

“For a submarine-launched ballistic missile to be effective it has to be accurate, and you have to be stealthy, and survivable and I’ll leave it at that,” Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said when asked about publication in China’s state-run press last month of plans for killing between 8 million and 12 million Americans in a nuclear strikes.

Greenert said U.S. nuclear-armed missile submarines remain a powerful deterrent despite an aging U.S. nuclear arsenal and the urgent need to upgrade those forces in the face of sharp defense spending cuts.

“Our systems are tested frequently, and they meet all the specifications that we’ve established years and years ago,” Greenert said.

The four-star admiral said building a new class of U.S. ballistic missile submarines to replace older Ohio-class strategic submarines remains a priority.

“As we look ahead, our sea-based strategic deterrent, the new SSBN-X the Ohio-replacement, the D-5 missile, its upgrade and the command and control are a very high, high priority in our budget in any scenario,” Greenert said.


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7 years ago

The US shd stop being a threat to China.The PLA is building up the forces
so that it won’t be business as usual for the Pentagon like in the 50s right up to 2009