Trident could be used AGAINST UK in 'devastating' nuclear missile cyber attack

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The review claims that Russian Federation is threatening to use its low-yield weapons, and that the United States must be willing to respond.

Jon Wolfsthal: This is certainly very depressing and worrying news that we're hearing today.

U.S. President Donald Trump's readiness to threaten the use of America's nuclear arsenal has unnerved diplomats and academics and inflamed tensions with North Korea over the first year of his presidency. Both the NSS and the soon-to-be-published Nuclear Posture Review reflect Trump's seeming obsession with nuclear weapons and nuclear war. This means that the USA could launch a nuclear attack in response to, for example, a large-scale hacking attempt on the country's financial markets.

The new tactical weapon would violate the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty reached between Washington and Moscow in 1987.

Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear DIsarmament said, "This unsafe new policy expands the role of nuclear weapons in United States foreign policy and makes nuclear war more likely". It intentionally lowers the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons by calling for the development of several new types of more "usable" nuclear weapons, including one that could be deployed on submarines in the near future.

There are a number of vulnerabilities and pathways through which a malicious actor may infiltrate a nuclear weapons system without a state's knowledge, the report said.

Rather, the turn in USA policy is toward developing weapons that would allow Washington to initiate a so-called "limited" nuclear war in pursuit of its global aims.

Cyber interference could also destroy industrial control systems within delivery platforms, such as submarines, causing them to malfunction, while clandestine attacks could be conducted on targeting information or operational commands, which may not be discovered until the point of launch.

That is unsafe, Cold War thinking.

He noted that the Holy See was among 122 states that a year ago agreed to a United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons. "US already has diverse array of nuclear capabilities & there's no evidence that "more usable" nukes strengthen deterrence or compel adversaries to make different choices", said Daryl G. Kimball, executive director at the Arms Control Association, in a series of tweets on Friday.

The study also recorded illicit trafficking in Moldova and Georgia of radioactive and nuclear materials; a group in Belgium affiliated to Islamic State monitoring the movements of a nuclear scientist; and German-owned Patriot missiles reported to have been hacked in 2015.

The Trump administration's fiscal 2018 Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan reports that "there is no current requirement to conduct an underground nuclear test to maintain certification of any nuclear warhead", but it also says that "the fundamental approach taken to achieve test readiness has also changed".



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