Amid calls from Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to reduce America’s reliance on nuclear weapons, one of the country’s top military leaders said the U.S. needs to either modernize its arsenal or watch its rivals surpass it.
Adm. Charles Richard, who heads the U.S. Strategic Command, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday that the U.S. is “at risk of losing credibility in the eyes of our adversaries,” according to CNN.
The Biden administration is reviewing nuclear defense policy, as do all administrations. Warren said at the hearing that this review should “reduce the goal of nuclear weapons in our defense strategy.”
“I agree with that goal, and I think it is incompatible with that staggeringly high level of spending,” Warren said.
But Richard noted that standing still will leave the country trailing Russia and China.