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Air Force official: China has world's 'largest deployed' conventional missile force ^ | 5/26/2010 |

Posted on 05/28/2010 2:44:38 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Bruce Lemkin, deputy undersecretary of the Air Force for International Affairs, told a congressional commission last week that China's missile capabilities pose a growing threat to U.S. forces.

“Ballistic missiles are China's primary prompt long-range offensive weapon,” Lemkin told the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

“They have one of the most active development programs in the world and the largest deployed conventional ballistic missile force of any nation.”

Lemkin said China has more than 1,000 short- and intermediate-range missiles with a variety of ranges, payloads and capabilities currently based in Southeastern China. Specialized warheads on the missiles include runway penetrators, anti-radar seekers and anti-ship payloads designed to threaten large naval vessels such as aircraft carriers.

“Taken together, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles provide China with the dual-pronged capability to strike almost any regional target to include airfields, ports, ships, military bases, logistics nodes, command-and-control facilities and industrial economic centers,” he said. “Chinese military writings also reflect a comprehensive understanding of information operations and their importance in modern conflicts.”

To fight modern wars, China is building its space warfare, anti-satellite weapons and electronic warfare capabilities.

“China is developing a large and diverse array of jammers and anti-satellite weapons to provide the capability to deny situational awareness to foreign military personnel, commanders and civilian leaders,” Lemkin said.

On China’s cyber capabilities, Lemkin said its cyberwarfare efforts are a growing concern.

“It threatens the integrity of military and civilian military information systems around the world in ways that are still not entirely understood,” he said.

Chinese air defense capabilities also are growing with “one of the world's most robust integrated air defense systems.”

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ballisticmissile; brucelemkin; china; missiles; pla; usaf

1 posted on 05/28/2010 2:44:38 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: sonofstrangelove

And that fat piece of human dung Bill Clinton contributed to their missile program, too. Happy Memorial Day turds for brains.

2 posted on 05/28/2010 2:47:52 PM PDT by LouAvul
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To: sonofstrangelove

Lets hope we leapfrog them with directed energy weapons and make their investment obsolete. but won’t happen with the current A@@clown in Chief.

3 posted on 05/28/2010 2:54:00 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Thank you Bill Clinton.

4 posted on 05/28/2010 2:57:55 PM PDT by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: sonofstrangelove

If we (USA) get into a conflagration with them at a conventional level, they are going to kick our ass.

5 posted on 05/28/2010 2:59:13 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Army Air Corps


6 posted on 05/28/2010 3:01:33 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Gaffer

Well duh

7 posted on 05/28/2010 3:02:55 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: sonofstrangelove

IIRC in 95 or 96, Clinton bragged during the state of the union speech that there were no nuke warheads aimed at the US after 30 years on MAD. He then approved China to buy Loral missile guidance technology and the Cray supercomputers to run the software. When he left offce, there were 200 Chinese missiles capable of reaching the west coast of the US. This is the REAL treason and the actual Clinton legacy.

8 posted on 05/28/2010 3:03:38 PM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: sonofstrangelove

Clintons Chinese military he should be tried for treason.

9 posted on 05/28/2010 3:05:26 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: whence911

What do you think he got in return?

I have always believed it’s a huge pile of cash in an offshore account.

10 posted on 05/28/2010 3:10:17 PM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: sonofstrangelove

USAians paid (continue to pay) a large share of the costs, helped by the rest of the western world. What kind of people transfer large shares of their wealth to enemy nations, in name of cheaper manufacturing; little or no regulations there, regarding Quality of Life. This is a aristocrat .esp bankers and world gov./socialists, game. They benefit as USA becomes poor.

It’s really the duped peoples fault. Wake up USAians.

Key word is transfer, VS payment.

11 posted on 05/28/2010 3:15:16 PM PDT by veracious
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To: al baby

Between you and me, I know it’s a ‘duh’ statement. Problem is that the remedy, nukes, is something that Commander Zero would NEVER employ - NEVER! This is what is really scary.

12 posted on 05/28/2010 3:54:05 PM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: precisionshootist
Al Gore was sent by Clinton to a fund raiser at the Buddhist temple in Rowland Heights CA. He was given multple envelopes each with $5,000. Said he didn't know what was in them. A

Another Chinese military liaison went to the WH several times and met with Clinton.

The main source of the bribe money was the Chinese military.

13 posted on 05/28/2010 4:02:15 PM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: sonofstrangelove

This is a very basic principle of warfare that the West has forgotten.

There is a perpetual contest between weapons philosophies.

One is the race between offensive weapons and defensive techniques. Basically, which is better, a sword or a shield.

However, the other one is quality vs. quantity. If you have just a few, very good weapons, but your enemy has a multitude of cheap ones, the cheap ones may win.

A popular Chinese tale is called “The Dragon and the Rats”.

A large, powerful, fire breathing dragon sees a rat, and despises him for he is so puny, compared to the unbeatable power of the dragon. The dragon brags and brags of his power, until finally the rat challenges him to a fight. In doing so, the rat calls forth all his brethren, and a vast swarm of tens of thousands of rats cover, kill and consume the dragon, leaving only bones.

“By myself I am not great,” says the rat to the dragon’s bones, “but with my family, our power can best any dragon.”

And the Chinese have taken this to heart.

The only reason the US and the UN achieved an armistice during the Korean War, was that, though they should have been overwhelmed by the endless number of Chinese soldiers, the Chinese ranks were devastated by an epidemic of hantavirus, that decimated their ranks.

Vast numbers of Chinese were killed by the US and UN, but it did not matter, because the Chinese could have continued to man their war for a decade or two, far more than the US and UN forces could muster.

And now we come to missiles. They do not have to be particularly high tech. Just able to get from point to point, and blow up. But if they use them in the thousands, it will matter.

14 posted on 05/28/2010 4:40:08 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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