This is so on-brand for the Trump Administration: dumb and counterproductive. The second we test nukes again, it’s open season for China, Russia, N Korea, Pakistan, India to resume testing and it will differentially benefit *them*, making America less safe https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-administration-discussed-conducting-first-us-nuclear-test-in-decades/2020/05/22/a805c904-9c5b-11ea-b60c-3be060a4f8e1_story.html
Trump administration discussed conducting first U.S. nuclear test in decades
The move would have far-reaching consequences on relations with other nuclear powers and reverse a decades-long moratorium.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/trump-administration-discussed-conducting-first-us-nuclear-test-in-decades/2020/05/22/a805c904-9c5b-11ea-b60c-3be060a4f8e1_story.html
And here’s the kicker. It’s not cuz they need to, but cuz they want to. And China and Russia will say thank you very much, meet my new MIRV’d heavy mobile ICBM and his cousin, this slick new SLCM.
Pakistan has been trying to develop reliable compact nuclear weapons for their cruise missiles. Haven’t tested a Pu device yet that we know of. Now they will.
India has contemplated a MIRV program for the Agni V. The problem is making a warhead compact enough to put on a MIRV bus. You know what helps with that? Testing.