A Trident II, or D-5 missile, is launched from an Ohio-class submarine © Reuters
Bloomberg: U.S. Reviews Nuclear Strike Survival for Russia and China
* Intelligence agency, Pentagon study resiliency of governments
* Report mandated by Congress in bill predating Trump presidency
U.S. intelligence agencies and the Pentagon’s Strategic Command are working on a new evaluation of whether the Russian and Chinese leadership could survive a nuclear strike and keep operating, even as President Donald Trump seeks to reshape relations with both nations.
The new study, ordered by Congress before Trump took office, drew bipartisan support from members who harbor deep concern about China’s increasing military boldness and distrust of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions.
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Update #1: US Congress orders review of Russian & Chinese leadership’s nuclear strike ‘survivability’ (RT)
Update #2: Congress Commissions Study on What Would Happen if US Preemptively Nuked Russia (Sputnik)
WNU Editor: This report was mandated before President Trump took office, and while there has been no reaction from the Chinese government on this U.S. Congressional request, the Russians are not amused.