The Russian military is testing a weapon called the Poseidon missile that could threaten the west coast of the United States. Former Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Ford says the weapon could generate radioactive tsunamis.
- Ford said the device is a terror weapon designed to kill or traumatize civilians and it is unclear what it would add to Russia’s operational capabilities.
- There is likely a deterrence component involved, but Russia has not been transparent or facilitated discussion with U.S. diplomats, said Ford.
- Ford said although Russia has an aggressive Arctic strategy, he would be more concerned about the Poseidon weapon crossing the Pacific or Atlantic oceans.