The United States must modernize its nuclear systems to counter possible foreign threats – Admiral

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WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The United States must continue to modernize its nuclear command and control system to combat possible espionage by equipment from foreign companies installed in cell towers near its nuclear missile fields , the head of the US Strategic Command said on Wednesday.

The comments come after he was asked about a Reuters report that the US Commerce Department was investigating the national security threat posed by Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei, as Huawei facilities could capture sensitive information about the sites and forward it to Beijing. Read more

The previously unreported probe was opened by Commerce shortly after Joe Biden took office early last year, sources told Reuters, following the implementation of rules aimed at to flesh out a May 2019 executive order that gave the agency the power to investigate.

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“We are well aware of the potential threats to our nuclear command and control. That’s nothing new, is it? The lure of your adversary’s nuclear command and control has put him at a very high for decades and we are well aware of that,” the Admiral said. Charles Richard, commander of US Strategic Command, told reporters.

“I have great confidence in the system, but I will stress that these threats you speak of are not static and that we are going to have to continue to modernize our nuclear command and control system to enable it to overcome these,” he added. said Richard.

He did not mention Huawei by name. A Huawei spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

The Commerce Department subpoenaed Huawei in April 2021 over the company’s policy on sharing data with foreign parties that its equipment might capture from cellphones, including messages and geolocation data, according to a 10-page document seen by Reuters.

The Commerce Department said it could not confirm or deny such an investigation.

Huawei has long been dogged by US government allegations that it may be spying on US customers, although authorities in Washington have released little evidence. The company denies the allegations.

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Additional reporting by Dan Whitcomb and Idrees Ali; Editing by Heather Timmons and Michael Perry

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