Evaluating the Risks Posed by Russia’s Nuclear Upgrade

The road-mobile RS-24 Yars (pictured here) and rail-mobile Barguzin inter-continental ballistic missiles are weapons that are much more difficult for opposing forces to track and attack in the event of a conflict, given the vastness of the Russian Federation’s territory. (Photo: Russia’s Ministry of Defense)

In recently staged exercises, dubbed Zapad, Russian armed forces displayed a robust capacity to conduct sophisticated military operations. The upgrades made by ground forces that were seen in the Zapad maneuvers are also evident in Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

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Joshua Noonan is an independent analyst based in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins’ Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Evaluating the Risks Posed by Russia’s Nuclear Upgrade

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