By Duncan Smith

Russia and China have been nuclear powers for decades, that much is known.

But with the exception of certain periods of time during the Cold War, the U.S. has already dominated the nuclear equation.

That is changing, however, and rapidly thanks to years of neglect in upgrading our nuclear capabilities — which was actually being done under the Trump administration.

The head of U.S. Strategic Command, which controls and maintains our nuclear forces, is sending a warning that is really meant for the incoming Biden regime and majority Democrats who have traditionally cut and neglected our military in favor of vote-buying domestic schemes for favored constituents.

The Epoch Times reports:

The United States must be ready for a nuclear war with Russia and China while seeking methods to curb their use of strategic weapons, said the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command—the department that manages the U.S. integrated missile defense and other systems.

Adm. Charles Richard wrote that there is a 'real possibility' for a regional crisis with China or Russia that 'could escalate quickly to a conflict involving nuclear weapons, if they perceived a conventional loss would threaten the regime or state.

'Consequently, the U.S. military must shift its principal assumption from 'nuclear employment is not possible' to 'nuclear employment is a very real possibility,' and act to meet and deter that reality,' he wrote for the U.S. Naval Institute's February journal. 'We cannot approach nuclear deterrence the same way. It must be tailored and evolved for the dynamic environment we face.'

Richard said the Defense Department must 'establish unity' to deal with 'Russian and Chinese aggression, while understanding they require different deterrence approaches, and incorporating that thinking into professional military education at the earliest opportunity.'

In recent years, both Moscow and Beijing have plowed resources into the development of bigger, more modern, more capable nuclear forces to 'escalate past us.”

'Until we, as a [Defense] Department, come to understand, if not accept, what we are facing and what should be done about it, we run the risk of developing plans we cannot execute and procuring capabilities that will not deliver desired outcomes,' Richard said. 'In the absence of change, we are on the path, once again, to prepare for the conflict we prefer, instead of one we are likely to face.'

In an interview with the Washington Times, Richard said both rivals could become 'two nuclear-capable peers by the end of this decade,' which he explained is unprecedented.

'We've assumed strategic deterrence will hold in the future, but as the threat environment changes, this may not be the case,' he added. 'We need to be ready to respond to cross-domain threats to ensure the security of our nation and allies by thinking holistically about strategic deterrence in the 21st century.'

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