Strengthen and Expand Nuclear Capabilities
Current Status: In ProgressAs of
In late December, 2016, @realDonaldTrump posted the following Tweet:
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
Trump has made sweeping statements in the past about using nuclear weapons, but nothing until this Tweet about specific actions regarding maintaining the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
Although Trump never defined what "strengthen and expand" meant, he did issue a memorandum to the Secretary of Defense and the OMB that ordered a new Nuclear Posture Review, a legislatively-mandated review that establishes U.S. nuclear policy, strategy, capabilities and force posture for five to ten years.
(b) The Secretary shall initiate a new Nuclear Posture Review to ensure that the United States nuclear deterrent is modern, robust, flexible, resilient, ready, and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies.