The introduction to the report confirms that the US seeks the "ultimate global elimination of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons", something it has been bound to do since the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 1970. A variation of the review was carried out by each of the last two administrations, and typically informs strategy for years going forward.
However veteran nuclear launch officer, Dr. Bruce Blair, who founded Global Zero to eliminate nuclear weapons said he could no longer watch as President Trump "holds us all hostage to his petulant mood swings".
The Trump nuclear doctrine is expected to be published in early February, followed by a related policy on the role and development of US defenses against ballistic missiles.
"The potential impacts of a cyber attack on nuclear weapons systems are enormous", they said, because data hacks can reveal sensitive information on facilities' layouts, personnel details, and design and operational information.
It added: 'With the potential for such catastrophic consequences from a nuclear weapons detonation attack it is crucial to have the most robust nuclear policies in place'.
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".
The review also expands the circumstances in which the United States can use a nuke.
Together, these steps are meant to further dissuade "regional aggression", which means giving Russian Federation greater pause in using limited nuclear strikes.
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The document, called the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, lays out what appears to be a new approach to nuclear deterrence that relies on acquiring weapons with comparatively "low"-level destructive capabilities meant to convince nations like Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea that the U.S. has weapons in its arsenal that it would hypothetically be willing to use".
Under the Obama administration, $1.3 trillion was spent on a 30-year plan to refurbish all the elements of the United States nuclear "triad" - intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and strategic bombers.
But according to, the director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, the belief that more weapons is the answer to perceived challenges misses the point. "The gloves are off".
The review, which the Trump administration plans to roll out after President Donald Trump's State of the Union address later this month, will mark a break in policy with the development of a new class of low-yield, "usable" nuclear warheads.
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Anthony Wier, a former deputy assistant secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Legislative Affairs, told the Huffington Post that the idea behind the weapons is that the U.S.is itself deterred from using its more powerful bombs because they are too deadly.
"This is not meant to, nor does it, enable 'nuclear war-fighting, '" the draft report said. Yet blowing up the Iran deal would free Tehran to resume its nuclear activities and make the world less safe.