According to a stark warning issued by the US Strategic Command on Monday, the US must prepare for nuclear war because current conflicts could escalate “very quickly.”
It came as the agency prepared to testify before Congress on Tuesday morning, warning that the US is potentially facing “two nuclear-capable, strategic peer adversaries at the same time” in the form of Russia and China.
Annually, the government body releases a posture statement in which it informs Congress about the condition of Strategic Command and provides an update on the budget for the coming year.
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It also offers information on potential conflicts that are likely to occur, as well as its combat readiness.
It announced on Monday that it would inform Congress about the current nuclear threat.
#USSTRATCOM Posture Statement Preview: The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable. We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option. pic.twitter.com/4Oe7xkl05L
— US Strategic Command (@US_Stratcom) April 20, 2021