The Cipher Brief Open Source Report for Thursday, Nov 4, 2021

November 4th, 2021

Topping our open-source report today, The Pentagon is expressing new concerns over China’s expanding nuclear weapons arsenal and says that it could include 700 warheads by 2027 and possibly 1,000 by 2030. The projection – which was included in the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress - marks a sharp increase from a previous estimate that the Chinese arsenal would reach only 400 by 2030. The assessment also highlighted China’s expansion of missile silo fields and hypersonic missile tests, as well as its rapid naval buildup.