Trump's Arms Control Approach Boosts National Security

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Posted 11 days ago

The Trump Administration's approach to arms control has led to increased national security, according to a recent article published by Real Clear Wire. The article highlights how the Trump Administration took a firm stance on arms control, refusing to tolerate one-sided treaties and cheating. This approach has resulted in the development of new military capabilities that are vital to deterrence in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.

The article notes that the Trump Administration inherited a world where Russia had a decade-long head start in the development of ground-launched missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. The United States was still bound by the INF Treaty, which legally prevented the U.S. military from possessing, producing, or flight-testing ground-launched missiles with intermediate ranges. This was a significant disadvantage for U.S. and NATO forces, particularly in the context of a theater conflict in Europe post-Russia's initial invasion of Ukraine in 2014.

In response, President Trump directed a policy to hold Russia accountable for its violation of the INF Treaty and unshackle the U.S. military if Russia could not be forced back into compliance. On August 2, 2019, with the full support of NATO allies, the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty was complete. The race to erase the military advantage accumulated by Russia and China was on.

The article highlights the deployment of the Army's Mid-Range Capability (MRC) missile system in Northern Luzon, Philippines, on April 11, 2024. The MRC system is a land-based, ground-launched system that can fire both a Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) and Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM). These systems provide U.S. warfighters with unique and lethal capabilities that were not possible under the INF Treaty.


China has taken notice of this deployment, with Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun expressing his "decisive protest" to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on the sidelines of the 'Shangri-La Dialogue.' However, the article notes that China should not be surprised by this development, given that it has been free from a land-based U.S. threat for decades.

The article also notes that the military capabilities coming online now because of the Trump Administration's decision to withdraw from the INF Treaty are vital to deterrence in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. The article suggests that accelerating the development of the long-range Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) and expanding production capacity of PrSM Increments 1 and 2 missiles to 500 per year could further enhance U.S. military capabilities in the region.

The article was written by Ryan Tully, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute focusing on nuclear deterrence, missile defense, space policy, and European security. Tully served as a Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs during the Trump Administration.

The article provides a clear example of how the Trump Administration's approach to arms control has led to increased national security. By refusing to tolerate one-sided treaties and cheating, the Trump Administration was able to unshackle the U.S. military and develop new capabilities that are vital to deterrence in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. This approach has also put pressure on China, which has been free from a land-based U.S. threat for decades.

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