Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks to troops at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Sept. 26, 2016. Carter is traveling to North Dakota and New Mexico to highlight the nation's nuclear enterprise, an area of critical importance to the long-term security of the United States. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley
The Hill: Pentagon chief: Russia, N. Korea most likely to use 'smaller' scale nuke attacks
The most likely use of nuclear weapons today would be "smaller" scale attacks by Russia or North Korea, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.
"It is a sobering fact that the most likely use of nuclear weapons today is not the massive nuclear exchange of the classic Cold War-type," Carter said during a visit to Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
Rather, he said, attacks would be "the unwise resort to smaller but still unprecedentedly terrible attacks, for example by Russia or North Korea, to try to coerce a conventionally superior opponent to back off or abandon an ally during a crisis."
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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 27, 2016
Pentagon chief calls Russia out over 'nuclear saber-rattling' -- AFP
Pentagon chief pledges $108 bln to fix nuclear force -- AP
Carter: Nuclear Triad ‘Bedrock of Our Security’ -- Defense News
Cost of modernizing U.S. nuclear weapons to fall to next president -- Fiscal Times/Reuters
ISIS 'dead set' on using chemical weapons, US military official says -- FOX News
U.S. troops in Iraq brace for more 'mustard' attacks -- Military Times
ISIS Killed A US Soldier? Pentagon Says Islamic State Claim Is False -- IBTimes
Iran unveils new helicopter-carrying catamaran ship -- AP
Iran seized ‘1,000s of valuable docs’ from detained US sailors, Revolutionary Guard general claims -- RT
[Photos] African presidents in military attire -- Africa News
Russian army to get Tornado-S multiple rocket launchers in 2017 -- TASS
Soviet Union Worked on Hypersonic Weapons Decades Ago -- Sputnik
Disorder in the ranks on EU defense plans -- Politico
The Military and Technological Significance of North Korea's Nuclear Test -- The Diplomat
U.S. Navy Conducts Drill Close to North Korea -- Maritime Executive
How the US Navy and South Korea are Countering North Korea's Submarines -- National Interest
Japan boosts ‘logistics’ cooperation with US military amid tensions with China & N. Korea -- RT
US, Japan Finalize New Military Cooperation Amid Tensions With China -- Sputnik
Engine Upgrades for the F-35 Expected in Mid-2020s -- Defense News
The Marine Corps Has a New Ideal Force Size: 190,000 Troops -- Military.com
Army Places Order for More JLTVs -- DoD Buzz
Army Drops Smith & Wesson from Pistol Competition -- Kit Up!
Carter: Afghanistan War Supplemental Request Coming in November -- Defense News
Defense chief: 9/11 bill could have 'devastating' impact on US troops -- The Hill
Clinton, Trump Clash On National Security -- Defense News
Trump: Military officials ‘don’t know what they’re doing’ buying equipment -- Washington Post
1st Infantry Division commander relieved of command three days after being suspended -- Army Times
Air Force Colonel Charged With Rape Found Dead in Home -- Military.com
Official: One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over -- Military Times
Is Artificial Intelligence Gaining the Upper Hand in the US Military? -- Patrick Tucker, Fiscal Times/Defense One
Course Corrections in the Littoral Combat Ship Program -- Steven Wills, USNI News
Congress Needs to Make Army Modernization A Priority -- Mike Turner, National Interest