In this Aug. 17, 2021 photo, Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall speaks with airmen during a town hall at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker).
“I am deeply concerned about the implications of China’s change in policy for nuclear stability and the potential for a catastrophic mistake.”
News that China is revamping its nuclear arsenal has the secretary of the U.S. Air Force on edge, he admitted on Monday.
Frank Kendall, who took the Air Force’s top post in July, said China’s expansion of its intercontinental ballistic missile silos could indicate the nation is developing a “first strike” capability that could allow it to attack American nuclear arsenals before the U.S. would have a chance to fire back.
“No one could rationally desire or plan to initiate a nuclear war, and I’m convinced China does not,” Kendall told listeners in a speech at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber conference.
“But as a 20-year veteran of the Cold War who saw the world come far too close to nuclear exchanges between the Soviet Union and the United States, I am deeply concerned about the implications of China’s change in policy for nuclear stability and the potential for a catastrophic mistake.”
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