Stratcom Commander Air Force General John E. Hyten discussed space, nuclear deterrence and missile defence modernisation at the US Capitol Hill Club in Washington.
United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM), is one of nine commands in the US Department of Defense and is responsible for strategic deterrence and global strike.
Stratcom Commander Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten said:
“Peace is our Profession is the motto for all 184,000 people, and those priorities apply to every element of this command. But nuclear is still the backbone, and it has to be our top priority. Between 60 million and 80 million people were killed in World War II, just over 30,000 people a month.
And the nation lost 58,000 of America’s greatest heroes over the decade-long experience in Vietnam.
That’s what our nuclear weapons have done for the world. They don’t eliminate conflict — conflict will exist as long as humans exist. But what they have done is kept major power conflict off the world stage. They’ve kept that huge death and destruction from happening when you have major power conflicts that get out of control.
It’s kept world wars from happening. That’s the primary reason that we have to have nuclear weapons.”