Posted on Aug 18, 2014
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China appears to be putting the finishing touches on a submarine launched nuclear weapon called the JL-2. If so, it'll become the fifth nation capable of deploying nuclear weapons from submarines (the others are US, Russia, UK and France).

Thoughts? As we're cutting our military, China and others are expanding. How exactly should we be combating this threat?

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BG Dep. Director, Military Programs
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Uh, you know they can nuke us right now, right? Does it really make a difference if they can fire their missiles from land-based silos or sea-based submarines?
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MAJ Brigade Logistics Officer (S4)
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The biggest advantage of a mobile platform vice a stationary launch site is that a mobile platform is harder to destroy in a first strike scenario. And since the U.S. has a policy of no first use on nuclear weapons, it doesn't really make much difference which our enemies are using.
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LTC Paul Labrador
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Concur, sir. This really doesn't change the balance of power very much.
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SSgt Robert Dorner
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I would think we track all of their Boomers as soon as they leave port in their own waters with a Los Angeles class or better yet a Virginia class Sub?
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BG Dep. Director, Military Programs
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Yes, keep practicing your "duck and cover" drills! Having a sea-based option is only required to guarantee a second-strike response. Remember this could also be used against Russia or India in the future.
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SFC Mark Merino
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China and the United States are invested and so intertwined in each other's economies that we might as well be the best of friends. China owns enough US currency that we would have to sell off a couple states to break even. Economic warfare is the greatest threat in my opinion, not the exchanges of nuclear weapons.
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CPT Chemical, Biological, Radiological & Nuclear Officer
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You should read up on your history. Look back to pre WWI, the european countries were very closely intertwined not only economically but through royal family blood lines. These factors still did not stop them from going to war with each other though. Just because a group of nations are interdependent upon each other, it does not mean they will not go to war with each other.
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1LT Medical-Surgical Nurse
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LCDR (Join to see). Why would China ever want to nuke the US? Warmest Regards, Sandy
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SGT Graham "Tom" Town
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Why would China develop Sub-launch capability if they had no intention to ever use it?
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1LT Medical-Surgical Nurse
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I suppose you could ask any of the nuclear powers the same question.

Why did anyone ever develop nuke capability they never want to use?

Maybe China is concerned about their neighbors . . . or maintenance of their borders or their territorial integrity?
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LTC Paul Labrador
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SGT Graham "Tom" Town, maybe for the same reason why we have them: deterrence. And simply wanting to develop the capability has nothing to do with intention to use them.
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SGT Graham "Tom" Town
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The Topic was Sub-Launched Nukes, China has had Nukes almost as long as the US and Russia. They have had Nukes for deterrence against their neighbors. Sub-launched nukes are First Strike weapons useless against their neighbors including Russia. When we first developed nukes we did intend to use them; and we did. So why develop sub-launch Nukes now? Iran wants Nukes too; any questions as to why?
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