Congress Shakes Up US Policy on Nuclear Defense, Opens Door to Space Arms Race by Removing Single Word From Law

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Congress Shakes Up US Policy on Nuclear Defense, Opens Door to Space Arms Race by Removing Single Word From Law

The US Capitol is shown October 11, 2016 in Washington DC. retaliation is supposed to deter both from ever launching missiles. Central to this strategy was a one-word qualifier – “limited” — used to define the mission of the homeland defense system. The White House has not said what he will do. 38.907192
-77.036871 The US Capitol is shown October 11, 2016 in Washington DC. As for the threat of a large-scale strike by China or Russia, the prospect of massive U.S. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. The language was carefully crafted to avoid reigniting an arms race among the superpowers. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

By removing a single word from legislation governing the military, Congress has laid the groundwork for both a major shift in U.S. Experts say the changes, approved by overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, could aggravate tensions with Russia and China and prompt a renewed nuclear arms race. nuclear defense doctrine and a costly effort to field space-based weaponry. House and Senate Republicans are in a close race with Democrats to keep control of both houses of Congress. House and Senate Republicans are in a close race with Democrats to keep control of both houses of Congress. The bill awaits action by President Obama. For decades, America’s defense against nuclear attack has rested on twin pillars: The nation’s homeland missile defense system is designed to thwart a small-scale, or “limited,” attack by the likes of North Korea or Iran.