According to an article published in Voennaya Mysl, Russia's main military theoretical magazine published by the Ministry of Defense, Russian military experts are developing a new military strategy that would foresee the use of nuclear weapons. The article's author is the first deputy commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, Lieutenant General Igor Fazletdinov.
The author claims that "the United States is gradually losing its leading position in the world," and that Russia is "the main obstacle to the preservation of world dominance and the main enemy." Fazletdinov asserts that the Pentagon intends to "defeat" Russia, and plans to conduct a "global strategic multi-sphere operation" for this purpose.
To counteract such plans, Russian military experts are elaborating new types of military operations for strategic deterrence. According to the article, such operations will include repelling a massive aerospace attack by the US and NATO, suppressing the US missile defense system, and inflicting "unacceptable damage" to the enemy with the help of Russian nuclear forces. The article emphasizes that nuclear weapons are "the cheapest means of deterrence from the final destabilization of relations between the parties and the outbreak of hostilities."\