According to a Pentagon study, China’s People’s Liberation Army is building new intercontinental ballistic missiles. According to the report, three additional ICBM silo fields are being made. The PLARF’s DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) force is expanding on the road. According to Pentagon projections, China’s PLARF will have at least 700 deliverable nuclear warheads by 2027. CSS-10 Mod 2 missiles with a range of 11,200 kilometers and DF-41 missiles with a range of 12,000 kilometers make up China’s ICBM force.
The chief of US Strategic Command has described China’s nuclear program as “breathtaking.” Russia is developing its nuclear weapons, which might someday exceed America’s by a factor of 10. Both aim to destabilize America’s position as the architect of the liberal international order. The US possesses 1,550 nuclear weapons on 700 strategic launchers as of July 2020. 400 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles, 14 ballistic missile submarines, and 20 deployed B-2 bombers. The US strategic force had regained some anonymity under President Trump.
However, the figures and the various transparency and weapons control methods do not convey the entire picture. According to a New Heritage Foundation Study, the US nuclear force confronts three vulnerabilities: outdated nuclear weapons, delivery systems, command and control systems, deteriorating infrastructure, and aging personnel. According to the Heritage Foundation report, the United States “has not designed or manufactured a nuclear weapon since the conclusion of the Cold War.”
China may be on the verge of generating 2,500–3,500 nuclear weapons, according to geostrategic analysis. The nuclear disarmament group in the United States is urging the Biden administration to decrease its nuclear arsenal. The US should reclaim nuclear primacy by using its technological know-how and manufacturing capabilities.
The United States’ nuclear advantage allowed it to win the Cold War without fighting World War III. “Great power wars would restart as they had been before 1945,” argues Edward Luttwak. He adds that our friends monitor how we respond to China, Russia, and the United States.