March 2, 2022
We did not take this decision lightly, but instead to demonstrate that we are a responsible nuclear power.Pentagon Press Sec. John Kirby on the U.S. delaying an intercontinental ballistic missile test as a way to ensure its actions are not “misunderstood or misconstrued” by Russia.
- The test was of an American Minuteman III rocket; Kirby says these tests are often scheduled 3-5 years in advance, but due to the current environment, the Dept. of Defense felt it prudent to delay the test.
- Why It Matters: This move reflects the tensions of the time, particularly considering Putin’s announcement to heighten Russia’s nuclear posture.
- The Pentagon briefing underscored that Russia was having “sustainment” issues with food and fuel for its forces, as well as a lack of integration or coordination, but still had ample fire power to use in Ukraine.
- Kirby said the resistance of the Ukrainians has been making a difference. Shortly after the Pentagon briefing, The New York Times reported the loss of a Ukrainian port city to Russia; the Pentagon did not confirm.
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