Charles Richard stressed the Ukrainian crisis was a “warm-up” and said that it isn’t the biggest conflict for which his country should be prepared.
The US has to be prepared to carry out China’s nuclear deterrence, said Charles Richard, head of US Strategic Command (Stratcom), according to the Defense Department website.
“Assessing our level of deterrence against China, the ship is slowly sinking,” Richard said. “It’s sinking slowly, but it’s sinking, because fundamentally they get capabilities up and running faster than we do,” he explained, adding that in the short term, commanders’ operational plans and preparation, as well as the quality of forces US nuclear weapons are not going to matter because Washington “won’t have enough”.
Furthermore, Richard called the Ukrainian crisis a “warming up” and said it is not the biggest conflict the US should be prepared for. “The biggest is yet to come,” and for this, the US “has to make rapid and fundamental changes in the way we approach the defense of this nation,” he said.
He also stressed that submarine capabilities would be “the only real asymmetric advantage we still have against our opponents.” However, to maintain this advantage, Washington must “pick up the pace” in the maintenance and construction of new submarines.