Skip to comments.Inside the Ring: State blocks grant to Russia
Posted on 03/06/2012 9:37:43 AM PST by MindBender26
The State Department recently denied $2 million in grants to a Russian research institute over concerns the money would be used to boost Moscows advanced nuclear missile work.
The unusual denial of the grant money was based on a review of a research program to be funded through the Moscow-based International Science and Technology Center, a group that acts as a funding vehicle for research cooperation and training in the former Soviet Union. The department feared the grant could undermine U.S. national security.
A State Department official said the project for the funds was reviewed in 2009 and 2010.
During that review process, State recommended that the projects be denied based on the nature of the research: the projects involved the use of plasma actuator technology applied to hypersonic flows, the official said.
This aerospace-focused technology has direct application to UAV and missile systems, the official added, referring to unmanned aerial vehicles.
Russia is known to be pursuing advanced missile technologies that would benefit from this research. It is not in our national security interest to promote the development and spread of technologies that would ultimately benefit Russian military applications.
Russian strategic missile forces are known to be building a high-technology depressed-trajectory strategic-missile warhead that travels in space and then re-enters the atmosphere at extremely high speeds. The warhead is being designed to defeat U.S. long-range missile defenses by making the warhead more difficult to track and target. The money was to be used for work on controlling the space flight of vehicles using a process known as magneto-plasma aerodynamics, according to Russian newspaper reports.
According to a report in the newspaper Izvestia, the project was sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Research Lab.
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Why are we giving Russia money anyway? This crap needs to stop.
The money is needed to arm the Muslim Brotherhood, if we give it to them, they will kill us last.
Well, safety counts. Better Russian ICBM’s will allow more accurate targeting of military installations, sparing civilian Obama supporters from certain doom. /s
0bama must go.
At least someone was awake
What I don’t get is why would Russia need this $2 million anyhow when they received $258 billion in oil and gas sales in the past year alone? Looks like just another bureaucratic jobs program to me.
Does anyone question if kickbacks are involved in some of these "enlightened" choices?
LOL, we have been buying tickets for a rocket ride for sometime.
About 63 million per seat, +.
I’d rather have an “E” ticket at Disneyland.
Jimmah Carter “loaned” the Soviets one of the few Cray Super Computers back in the day to help their “struggling automobile industry”. They of course used it to upgrade and improve their fighter jets...
They also refused to give it back when supposedly asked to return it.
Yes, their improved. S400 anti aircraft is really better than ours if they are telling the truth about the range.