Here's the 2020 @DeptofDefense report to Congress on China's "military and security developments." https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2332126/dod-releases-2020-report-on-military-and-security-developments-involving-the-pe/
DOD Releases 2020 Report on Military and Security Developments Involvi
The Department of Defense announces the release of its annual report on "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China."https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2332126/dod-releases-2020-report-on-military-and-security-developments-involving-the-pe/
DOD's 2020 China military power report contains some new missile and nuclear tidbits. Here's a discussion of a shift to rotational alerts for mobile missiles and launch-on-warning for silo-based missiles (p. 88, h/t @NarangVipin):
An article I wrote in 2015, which appeared in @TheNonproReview, forecast these developments and discussed their implications for strategic stability. https://tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10736700.2015.1119422
The DF-26 IRBM comes up repeatedly, too, as @wslafoy was quick to note. On p. 56, it's called a "multi-role" missile "designed to rapidly swap conventional and nuclear warheads."
. @wslafoy and I wrote about this characteristic of the DF-26 back in May: https://www.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/1209405/chinas-df-26-a-hot-swappable-missile/
But p. 73 of the DOD also refers to an anti-ship "variant" of the DF-26, perhaps implying that there is a dedicated ASBM type, one that doesn't do warhead swaps.
This might explain why @SCMPNews recently described a DF-26B as included in recent missile tests targeting a point or points at sea: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3099157/why-china-brought-out-aircraft-carrier-killer-flex-its-military
Why China brought out the ‘aircraft-carrier killer’ to flex its muscle
PLA test-fired four medium-range ballistic missiles in the South China Sea on Wednesday, according to US defence official.https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3099157/why-china-brought-out-aircraft-carrier-killer-flex-its-military
It's nice to get some validation of these judgments! But it's also not so nice. On balance, neither launch-on-warning nor multirole missiles help us to avoid nuclear war. Each makes miscalculations more dangerous. (end)