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  • The ‘Tsar Bomba’ Was a 50-Megaton Monster Nuke

    04/02/2015 5:50:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 1, 2015 | Paul Richard Huard
    Maj. Andrei Durnovtsev, a Soviet air force pilot and commander of a Tu-95 Bear bomber, holds a dubious honor in the history of the Cold War. Durnovtsev flew the aircraft that dropped the most powerful nuclear bomb ever. It had an explosive force of 50 megatons, or more than 3,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima weapon. Over the years, historians identified many names for the test bomb.
  • David Greenglass, Spy Who Helped Seal the Rosenbergs’ Doom, Dies at 92

    10/14/2014 1:00:39 PM PDT · by Borges · 21 replies
    NYT ^ | 10/14/2014 | ROBERT D. McFADDEN
    It was the most notorious spy case of the Cold War — the conviction and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union — and it rested largely on the testimony of Ms. Rosenberg’s brother, David Greenglass, an Army sergeant who had stolen nuclear intelligence from Los Alamos, N.M. For his role in the conspiracy, Mr. Greenglass went to prison for almost a decade, then changed his name and lived quietly until a journalist tracked him down. He admitted then, nearly a half-century later, that he had lied on the witness stand to save...
  • Obama asks Russia for 'space' through election [Disgusting: Obama caught on audio selling out USA]

    03/26/2012 4:42:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 173 replies · 82+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/26/2012 | Jennifer Epstein
    President Barack Obama offered a private request Monday to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for some “space” on missile defense ahead of November’s elections. “On all these issues, particularly on missile defense, this, this can be solved but it’s important for him to give me space,” Obama said, referring to incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a TV pool reporter who heard audio recorded by a Russian reporter who was in the room moments before the two leaders spoke to reporters after their 90-minute meeting. “Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space. Space for you,” Medvedev responded. A...
  • Is China Trying to Bankrupt the US? (Arms race: Doing to America what America did to the USSR)

    06/09/2011 6:49:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 06/09/2011 | Brad Glosserman
    Does a cash-strapped US face a Cold War redux as China encourages it to ramp up defence spending? One popular narrative credits the end of the Cold War to a US strategy to bankrupt the Soviet Union. Well aware of the advantage conferred by its superior economic performance, Washington pushed Moscow into a military competition that drained the USSR of its resources. In this narrative, US President Ronald Reagan’s push to create a missile defence system – realistic or not – was the straw that broke the Soviet back. Are Chinese strategists pursuing a similar approach to the United States?...
  • Arms race between India and Pakistan takes to air

    05/30/2011 7:55:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The National, UAE ^ | May 31, 2011 | Tom Hussain
    Arms race between India and Pakistan takes to air Tom Hussain May 31, 2011 ISLAMABAD // India's plans to modernise its ageing air force have triggered a tit-for-tat Pakistani programme that could exacerbate strategic tensions in South Asia, officials and analysts said. Defence analysts said the planned air force expansions were part of an arms race between India and Pakistan that dates back to the 1960s and the height of the Cold War. The South Asian neighbours, both of which possess nuclear arsenals, have fought three wars and as many regionalised conflicts since gaining independence from British colonial rule in...
  • Russia to the West: Don’t Defend Yourselves or We’ll Start an Arms Race

    05/28/2011 6:36:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/28/2011 | J.E. Dyer
    When it comes to believing in mutual assured destruction, or MAD, as the basis for Russian security, Russia never left the Cold War. Today’s leaders are as determined as their predecessors from the Soviet era to base Russian security on holding the US and Europe at risk with nuclear missiles. They regard anything the US does with missile defense as a threat to that strategy.Putin, Medvedev, and their diplomats couch their objections as follows: American missile defense plans “threaten Russia’s strategic deterrent.” And the proper response – the honest, consistent response – is: “Of course. That’s what they’re supposed to...
  • Special Report: How Libya is a showcase in the new arms race

    04/04/2011 5:43:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2011 | Tim Hepher & Karen Jacobs
    Special Report: How Libya is a showcase in the new arms race Tim Hepher and Karen Jacobs, Reuters PARIS (Reuters) - The photograph shows a French Rafale warplane at the Mitiga air base outside Tripoli. A small crowd of men, women and children mill around the fighter, its tail fin lit up by the North African sun. Taken at an air show in October 2009, the picture is one of several grabbed by military aviation photographers from Dutch website scramble.nl that highlight one of the ironies in the West's enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya. To take out Muammar...
  • Sarah Palin Schools the Washington Post on History

    01/28/2011 5:48:53 AM PST · by radioone · 29 replies
    Andrew Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | 1-28-11 | Peter Schweizer
    The Washington Post, which never passes up an opportunity to attack Sarah Palin, has gone after her for criticizing President Barack Obama’s “Sputnik” reference in the State of the Union Address. Palin noted accurately that what Obama was calling for was “big government” as the solution to our problems. She further pointed out big government socialistic solutions are what in part did the Soviet empire in. Those comments sent Steve Stromberg at the Washington Post into a hyperbolic fit, declaring that her analysis is “weird.” But his response indicates that he knows as little about the Soviet Union and Sputnik...
  • U.S. Will Counter Chinese Arms Buildup

    01/09/2011 3:28:04 PM PST · by Allthatucantleavebehind · 55 replies
    NYTimes.com ^ | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    U.S. Will Counter Chinese Arms Buildup “I’ve been concerned about the development of the antiship cruise and ballistic missiles ever since I took this job,” he added. “We knew they were working on a stealth aircraft. I think that what we’ve seen is that they may be somewhat further ahead in the development of that aircraft than our intelligence had earlier predicted.” Mr. Gates said he hoped his talks with Chinese leaders would reduce the need for more American weaponry in the Pacific. He also said that if Chinese leaders considered the United States a declining power because of the...
  • Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show! Uniting the Races with Truth Instead of Dividing them with Lies!

    04/07/2010 5:35:29 PM PDT · by abigail2 · 31 replies · 275+ views
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  • China's arms purchases fuel fears of clashes(sharp rise in arms purchase by S.E. Asia)

    03/14/2010 7:38:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 455+ views
    FT ^ | 03/14/10 | Kathrin Hille & Tim Johnston
    China's arms purchases fuel fears of clashes By Kathrin Hille in Beijing and Tim Johnston in Bangkok Published: March 14 2010 19:12 | Last updated: March 14 2010 21:58 Military analysts are warning that China’s increased regional power has caused its south-east Asian neighbours to step up their own defence purchases, raising the prospect that territorial disputes in the South China Sea could turn violent. Siemon Wezeman, a senior fellow at the arms transfers programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri), said that several south-east Asian countries had “dramatically” stepped up their purchases of submarines, fighter aircraft, and...
  • US Eyeing Asian Arms Race?

    03/07/2010 10:12:41 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 102+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 03/05/2010 | David Axe
    It was dubbed by some defence analysts as a ‘game-changer.’ Earlier this year, Russia’s newest fighter aircraft rolled down a runway in the country’s Far East for its 47-minute debut flight. The 72-foot-long, twin-engine T-50 fighter bears a striking resemblance to the US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, widely considered the most lethal air-to-air fighter aircraft ever produced—so lethal that US law prohibits its export. Yet the United States is buying just 187 F-22s, in order to husband resources for buying larger numbers of the smaller and less powerful F-35 fighters. The problem, according to two Australian defence analysts, is that...
  • The Great Chinese Arms Race

    02/11/2010 3:16:23 AM PST · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 298+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | February 11, 2010
    China likes to use its generals for diplomatic missions, as the "bad cop" end of a "good cop, bad cop" game. Usually, the Chinese officer will be overheard (by the media) calling for something like nuking Los Angeles (which is about all the meager Chinese ICBM force can manage), or getting ready to take on, and defeat the U.S. Navy, in order to advance Chinese interests. But Chinese diplomats quickly rush in offering less drastic alternatives. The latest gambit has some Chinese officers calling for an arms race, along with unloading some of the 800 billion dollars of U.S. Treasury...
  • Obama's vision of nuclear-free world drawing fire - Obama finds resistence on removing nukes

    12/31/2009 9:12:48 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 47 replies · 2,245+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 29, 2009, 9:00AM | By PAUL RICHTER McClatchy Tribune
    ...Obama's ambitious plan to begin phasing out nuclear weapons has run up against powerful resistance from officials in the Pentagon and other U.S. agencies, posing a threat to one of his most important foreign policy initiatives. Obama laid out his vision of a nuclear-free world in a speech in Prague in April, vowing the U.S. would take dramatic steps to lead the way. Eight months later, the administration is locked in internal debate... Officials in the Pentagon and elsewhere have pushed back against administration proposals to cut the number of weapons and narrow their mission.... The debate represents another collision...
  • Asia unrest may spur Aussie nukes: study

    12/13/2009 1:15:12 PM PST · by myknowledge · 30 replies · 10,067+ views
    Nine News ^ | December 14, 2009
    A dramatic deterioration in Asian security could push Australia to acquire nuclear weapons, a strategy that it abandoned four decades ago, a new study says. But Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) analyst Dr Rod Lyons says such a decision certainly isn't close nor is it inevitable. He said the 2006 Switkowski report on nuclear power suggested it would take Australia at least 10 years and probably 15 to bring the first civil reactor into service. "It's true that Australia might be able to conduct an emergency nuclear weapon construction effort in rather less time, especially if it were to focus...
  • U.S. to stop counting new missiles in Russia

    12/01/2009 11:55:46 AM PST · by Thunder90 · 24 replies · 1,436+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/1/2009 | Nicholas Kralev
    The United States is about to lose a key arms-control tool from the closing days of the Cold War -- the right to station American observers in Russia to count the long-range missiles leaving its assembly line. The end of full-time, on-site access will likely ignite complaints in Congress, with insiders from both parties arguing over whether the George W. Bush or the Obama administration is responsible.
  • China Driven by Fears of Arms Race

    05/29/2009 9:18:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 382+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 05/28/09 | Chris Green
    China Driven by Fears of Arms Race By Chris Green [2009-05-28 17:46 ] Speaking at a Brookings Institution conference on May 27th in Washington D.C., Director of the Center for NE Asian Policy Studies Richard Bush suggested, “China fears that a nuclear North Korea equates to a nuclear North-East Asia,” and that this more than anything could be driving Beijing to take a harder line with its partners in Pyongyang. Former Senior Director for East Asian Affairs on the National Security Council Dennis Wilder agreed, “Our role is to get China to sign a stronger U.N. Security Council Resolution and...
  • Latin American states vie for Russian weaponry at arms show

    04/20/2009 2:52:29 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 22 replies · 852+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 20/ 04/ 2009
    RIO DE JANEIRO, April 20 (RIA Novosti) - Latin American countries showed a growing interest in purchasing Russian-made weaponry during a recent arms show in Brazil, an official from Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said. Latin America Aero and Defense (LAAD) is the largest and most important biennial event for the Armed Forces and defense industries of Latin American countries. This year it was held on April 14-18 in Rio de Janeiro. "The countries of the region showed an increased interest in Russian aircraft and helicopters, armored vehicles, technical means for military training, and other military equipment including air defense...
  • Russia to get 70 Nuclear Missiles in 3 Years

    12/23/2008 12:12:41 AM PST · by blueplum · 13 replies · 695+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec 22nd, '08 | AP Staff
    The Russian military will commission 70 strategic nuclear missiles over the next three years, a senior government official said Monday, according to Russian news agencies. The statement by Vladislav Putilin, a deputy head of the Cabinet's military-industrial commission in charge of weapons industries, indicates the government's intention to significantly increase the tempo of rearming Russia's Strategic Missile Forces. Putilin, who spoke after a government session chaired by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that discussed the weapons purchases, said the Cabinet has decided to spend about 4 trillion rubles, or $141 billion, on new weapons over the next three years, Interfax and...
  • Russian weapons could unleash LatAm arms race: US ambassador

    11/02/2008 7:14:58 PM PST · by Flavius · 3 replies · 460+ views
    afp ^ | 11/2/08 | afp
    BOGOTA (AFP) – A flood of Russian weapons recently sold to Latin American governments could unleash an arms race in the already volatile region, Washington's ambassador to Colombia warned in remarks published in local media here Sunday. "It's important to proceed carefully in introducing new weapons and weapons systems in the hemisphere," said US ambassador William Brownfield, speaking to the El Tiempo newspape
  • Aaron Katz, Advocate for Rosenbergs, Dies at 92

    10/06/2008 1:56:56 PM PDT · by Borges · 17 replies · 644+ views
    NYT ^ | 10/08/08 | DENNIS HEVESI
    Aaron Katz, who for more than 50 years relentlessly and publicly sought the exoneration of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the central figures in the nation’s most controversial spying case, died on Sept. 28 in Venice, Fla. He was 92 and lived in North Port, Fla. The death was confirmed by his wife, Cynthia. Mr. Katz was director of the National Committee to Reopen the Rosenberg Case for 42 years, repeatedly leading demonstrations outside the federal courthouse on Foley Square in Manhattan on the anniversary of the couple’s execution in Sing Sing’s electric chair on June 19, 1953. They had been...
  • Russia to build missile defence shield and renew nuclear deterrence (Russia joins StarWars)

    09/27/2008 2:33:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 1,318+ views
    Times of London ^ | 09/27/08 | Tony Halpin
    Russia to build missile defence shield and renew nuclear deterrence The Russian President has signalled a new arms deal with the US Tony Halpin in Moscow Russia is to build new space and missile defence shields and put its armed forces on permanent combat alert, President Medvedev announced yesterday. In a sharp escalation of military rhetoric, Mr Medvedev ordered a wholesale renovation of Russia’s nuclear deterrence and told military chiefs to draw up plans to reorganise the armed forces by December. He said that Russia must modernise its nuclear defences within eight years, including the creation of a “system of...
  • Russia rebuilds Soviet-era military-technical ties with Africa

    09/17/2008 1:00:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 141+ views
    rian.ru ^ | 09/17/08
    CAPE TOWN, September 17 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has successfully reestablished military-technical cooperation with African countries, which saw a decline after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the head of Russia's state arms exporter said on Wednesday. "We have recently revived our contacts with all African countries that used to be traditional buyers of Soviet weaponry," Rosoboronexport General Director Anatoly Isaykin told a news conference at the Africa Aerospace & Defence-2008 (AAD-2008) exhibition near Cape Town. Russia's arms trade customers in Africa include Algeria, Libya, Angola, Ethiopia, Uganda, Morocco, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique and Burkina Faso. African countries are attracted...
  • U.N. Weighs a Ban on Weapons in Space, but U.S. Still Objects

    02/12/2008 6:51:39 PM PST · by JACKRUSSELL · 17 replies · 113+ views
    The New York Times ^ | February 13, 2008 | By Nick Cumming-Bruce
    (GENEVA) — The Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, on Tuesday presented a Russian-Chinese draft treaty banning weapons in space to the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, an idea that was quickly rejected by the United States. Russia and China have pushed for years for a treaty to prevent an arms race in space, a threat underlined by China last year after it shot down one of its own aging satellites. Responding to previous American assertions that there is no arms race in space and therefore no need for a treaty, Mr. Lavrov instead submitted a draft on “prevention of...
  • Russia 'will match West in new arms race'

    02/08/2008 9:19:05 AM PST · by Ivan the Terrible · 35 replies · 109+ views
    Times Online ^ | February 8, 2008 | Tony Halpin
    Vladimir Putin accused the West of triggering a fresh arms race today and gave warning that Russia was now rich enough to respond with a new generation of high-tech weaponry. President Putin attacked the United States and Europe for expanding Nato close to Russia's border at a time when Moscow had closed military bases abroad. He said that Russia would stand up to the West and defend itself against US plans to establish a missile defence shield in Eastern Europe. “A new arms race has started to unfold,” Mr Putin told ministers and regional governors in a televised address. “It's...
  • Arms Control Dreams

    01/14/2008 1:43:07 PM PST · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 101+ views
    Campus Report ^ | January 14, 2008 | Amanda Busse
    Arms Control Dreams by: Amanda Busse, January 14, 2008 America may be heading toward another arms race, according to Mike Moore, a research fellow at The Independent Institute who recently published the book Twilight War: The Folly of U.S. Space Dominance. Moore called the Chinese missile launch that destroyed a weather satellite last January, a “shot across the bow;” a warning that China has the capabilities to engage in outer-space warfare. He claimed that the United States’ refusal to go on record in favor of a new treaty for the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space may have...
  • The Cold War is back

    07/13/2007 5:14:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 56 replies · 1,903+ views
    spectator.co.uk ^ | 14 July 2007 | Fraser Nelson
    A little over a week ago, Vladimir Putin tested a weapon deadlier than anything developed by the Soviet Union. A missile launched from a submarine in the White Sea entered the stratosphere and returned precisely on target 3,800 miles away in the Russian Far East — the other side of the world. Such tests are meant to send messages. The target could just have easily been Tehran, Los Angeles or London. It signalled that Russia means business. After a hiatus of two decades, the arms race is back. ...The Russian military is once again treating Nato as the glavny protivnik,...
  • Remember Lenin's lessons, Chávez tells Russians

    07/01/2007 3:45:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 763+ views
    AP ^ | Jun. 28, 2007 | JIM HEINTZ
    MOSCOW -- Russia may have turned its back on Vladimir Lenin's revolutionary ideology, but Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on Thursday told Russians they should revere and revive the ideas of the Soviet Union's founder. ''We should remember Vladimir Lenin and come back to his ideas, especially when it comes to anti-imperialism,'' Chávez told the audience at the opening of a Moscow cultural center named for the South American revolutionary hero Simon Bolivar. The rhetoric was vintage Chávez -- mainly aimed at portraying Venezuela as a bastion of defiance of the United States. Chávez's comments emphasized Venezuela's solidarity with the Kremlin...
  • Russian Arms in Latin America

    05/05/2007 8:17:27 PM PDT · by jdm · 11 replies · 704+ views
    VOA ^ | April 27, 2007 | Jela De Franceschi
    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice raised the issue of large-scale Russian weapons exports to Venezuela during her recent visit to Moscow. But the Kremlin says arms deals with Caracas are in keeping with international agreements. More and more Russian weaponry goes to Latin America Russia has bolstered its position in Latin America's arms market in recent years. State-controlled arms exporter Rosobornoexport, which accounts for 85 percent of Russia's weapons sales, says Latin America is its third largest market. And company officials say they are working to expand their business in Latin America. According to the U.S. Congressional Research Service,...
  • The secret diaries of President Reagan

    05/03/2007 1:21:23 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 20 replies · 1,284+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | May third, 2007 | By Tom Leonard in New Yor
    The Prince of Wales was a "most likeable person", President Gaddafi a "mad clown" and Michael Jackson was "surprisingly shy". The private diaries of Ronald Reagan, which are about to be published for the first time, reveal a US president who was worried about imminent Armageddon but who also fretted about how he would handle chopsticks in front of the Chinese. The man who was credited with ending the Cold War reveals that he was "lonesome" when his wife, Nancy, was away and refused to talk to their son, Ron Junior, after he hung up on him. His carefully handwritten...
  • Russia in defence warning to US

    04/26/2007 8:25:06 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 21 replies · 642+ views
    news.bbc.co.uk ^ | 04/26/2007 | news.bbc.co.uk
    Russia may stop implementing a key defence treaty because of concerns over US plans for a missile shield in Europe, President Vladimir Putin said. Mr Putin made the threat during his annual address to parliament - which he said would be his last as president. He also hit out at an influx of foreign money which he said was being used to meddle in Russia's internal affairs. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed Russian concerns over the missile shield as "ludicrous". BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says Mr Putin's speech marks a significant raising of diplomatic stakes. The Russian...
  • Russia should not supply Syria with arms - Israeli deputy PM

    03/03/2007 5:44:48 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 205+ views
    rian.ru ^ | 02/ 03/ 2007
    TEL AVIV, March 2 (RIA Novosti) - Israel's deputy prime minister said Friday that Moscow should be pressured to stop supplying Russian weapons to Syria. Israeli mass media recently reported that a large consignment of Russian weapons, including modern anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems, will soon be delivered to Syria. "The UN knows that arms are still being smuggled from Syria to [Lebanese Islamist movement] Hezbollah. Israel should pressure Moscow to stop delivering weapons to Syria," a national Israeli radio quoted Shimon Peres as saying. Israel is sensitive about Russian-Syrian military and technical cooperation, fearing not only a reinforcement of Syria's...
  • Russians Are Coming Again, Tories Warn

    02/18/2007 5:53:37 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 450+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-19-2007 | Christopher Hope
    Russians are coming again, Tories warn By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor Last Updated: 1:16am GMT 19/02/2007 The Russians are using billions of dollars of oil profits to rearm, just as British defence chiefs prepare for cuts in the summer's Government spending review, the Conservatives have warned. Liam Fox, the party's defence spokesman, sounded the alarm about "the growing and accelerating rearmament in Russia" in a House of Commons debate. He claimed that President Vladimir Putin's government is planning to spend $183 billion (£94 billion) over the next nine years — or $1.7 billion (£900 million) a month — on its...
  • Pentagon prepares for possible war with Russia

    02/08/2007 11:21:22 AM PST · by lizol · 41 replies · 1,990+ views
    PanARMENIAN ^ | 08.02.2007
    Pentagon prepares for possible war with Russia 08.02.2007 /PanARMENIAN.Net/ U.S. Defense Secretary thinks that American armed forces must be ready for a large-scale war, the Associated Press reports. “We need a full set of measures to conduct a war, including both special military units necessary for war against terrorists and infantry troops to be able to fight against large regular armies. We do not know what changes can take place in such countries as Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and others,” Robert Gates stated. He made this statement February 7 during hearings in the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services,...
  • Putin adviser says U.S. wants new Cold War

    02/08/2007 10:21:27 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies · 570+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/8/7
    MOSCOW, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. missile defense plans in Europe could set off a new arms race, an advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Gleb Pavlovsky, an influential political adviser to the Russian president, warned that the U.S. drive to deploy ballistic missile defense, or BMD assets in Poland and the Czech Republic could mean that the Bush administration was targeting Russia, as it had done during the Cold War, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. "This surely is the beginning of an arms race in some sense," Pavlovsky said. "Which is all the more unjustified given...
  • Russia opposes militarizing space

    02/07/2007 6:38:21 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 7 replies · 327+ views
    UPI ^ | 02/06/07
    MOSCOW, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov Tuesday issued a new warning against the militarization of space, the RIA Novosti news agency said. Ivanov was speaking following China's announcement that it had carried out its first successful anti-satellite weapons test last month. But he said Beijing was not primarily responsible for the militarization of space, in what appeared to be an indirect criticism of U.S. space policy. "It is not China that opened up Pandora's box," he said. Ivanov acknowledged that the Untied States and Russia had both deployed space-based strategic assets. But he said strong distinction...
  • China: PLA 'not involved in arms race', poses no threat(Riiight!)

    02/02/2007 6:00:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 425+ views
    China Daily ^ | 02/02/07 | Sun Shangwu
    PLA 'not involved in arms race', poses no threat By Sun Shangwu (China Daily) Updated: 2007-02-02 07:12 The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will not engage in any arms race and its development poses no threat to any country. That was the firm reassurance from Lieutenant-General Zhang Qinsheng, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the PLA, who said the Chinese army is modernizing to increase its combat abilities in the information age. The PLA's modernization is open and based on cooperation, said Zhang in an interview with China Daily. "We do not conceal our intention to build a strong and...
  • Venezuela to buy anti-aircraft missiles

    01/30/2007 6:38:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 467+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/30/07 | Christopher Toothaker - ap
    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela plans to obtain air defense missiles to guard strategic sites such as oil refineries and major bridges against any air strike, a top military adviser to President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday. Gen. Alberto Muller said Venezuela is looking to buy surface-to-air missile systems from Russia or another country to defend "strategic points in the country." "They are for air defense," Muller told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "They are not for attacking anybody." Chavez, a close ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, has repeatedly warned against a possible U.S. invasion, and his government is...
  • Israel To Purchase Boeing-Built Bomb Kits

    01/29/2007 1:39:35 PM PST · by Abathar · 26 replies · 728+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | January 29, 2007 | AP
    JERUSALEM -- The Israeli air force has decided to buy smart munitions kits from the Chicago-based Boeing aerospace company for an estimated $100 million, Israeli defense officials said Monday. The Jerusalem Post daily said the planned purchase was for the Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM, which converts conventional 2,000 pound bombs into satellite-guided, precision weapons. Defense officials said the acquisition was meant to replenish stores used up in last summer's monthlong war against the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon and increase future stock levels. The Jerusalem Post said the purchase would not require Congressional approval, as it was the exercise...
  • Top U.S. spy says Russian policies increasingly threaten Western interests

    01/20/2007 11:38:10 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies · 484+ views
    AP ^ | January 11, 2007
    The top U.S. intelligence official warned Thursday that Russia is becoming a regional energy superpower and increasingly is pursuing foreign policy goals that threaten U.S. and Western interests. In his annual review of global threats, National Intelligence Director John Negroponte said high energy prices have allowed Russia to increase its assertiveness in foreign affairs. ... As Russia approaches a March 2008 presidential election, the government has been undermining its credibility as a partner with the West by stifling political opposition, Negroponte said. ... Negroponte said Russia is trying to use economic power stemming from its exports of the country’s immense...
  • PM: U.S. wants base in Czech Republic

    01/20/2007 6:59:44 AM PST · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 398+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | January 20 2007 | Associated Press
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic - The United States wants to build a radar base in the Czech Republic as part of its global missile defense system, the prime minister said Saturday. Washington has been negotiating with Poland and the Czech Republic, both former communist states that now belong to NATO, as it explores where to set up a missile defense site in Eastern Europe. The site would be the first of its kind outside U.S. territory, and American officials say it could also defend Europe against any intercontinental-range missiles developed by states such as Iran and North Korea. Russia has protested...
  • A Middle East free of nuclear weapons

    01/10/2007 8:29:45 AM PST · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 383+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 10, 2007 | Bennett Ramberg
    Such an agreement could not only head off an arms race, but might also help in addressing fundamental political issues as well. LOS ANGELES - The recent announcement by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to explore development of nuclear energy sent a shudder through the nonproliferation community. The concern? Like Iran, these countries - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates - could some- day use the peaceful atom to mount a nuclear weapons program. As regional nuclear ambition - and apprehension - grows, it is none too soon to start thinking seriously about the merits...
  • Russia says US sanctions on arms dealers 'illegal'

    01/06/2007 3:05:09 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 559+ views
    AFP ^ | January 07, 2007
    MOSCOW: Russia on Saturday hit back at the United States after Washington had imposed sanctions on three Russian firms for exporting weapons to Libya and Iran, branding the US action "illegal". "The United States are not for the first time trying to extend their national laws illegally to foreign countries, forcing them to work according to Aemrican rules," the Russian foreign ministry said. Washington announced sanctions against 24 foreign entities, including Russian, Chinese and North Korean firms, on Friday for allegedly selling banned weapons to Iran and Syria. The move drew a sharp protest from Moscow. Russia's state-run arms exporter...
  • Putin's Russian bear flexing its muscles

    12/26/2006 3:38:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 855+ views
    renewamerica.us ^ | December 25, 2006 | Jim Kouri
    During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union embarked on the most massive military buildups in history. Part of President Reagan's strategy for winning was to entice the Soviets into a competition it could never even hope to win. A communist economy by its very nature is ill-equipped to compete with a free-market, capitalist system whether it's foreign trade or weapons technology. And so, slowly the Soviet economy became a basket case due to the communists' desire to exceed America in an enormously expensive arms race. After the Cold War, with the Soviet threat gone and with...
  • Russian General Staff chief slams U.S. plans for missile defense in Europe

    12/13/2006 8:55:41 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 20 replies · 793+ views
    AP ^ | December 13, 2006
    MOSCOW: The Russian military's chief of general staff on Wednesday harshly criticized U.S. plans to deploy components of its missile defense system in Europe, saying the move was aimed against Russia and would prompt it to take retaliatory measures, Russian news reports said. Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky shrugged off U.S. arguments that a prospective missile defense site was intended to counter missile threats from such nations as North Korea and Iran, saying that neither would have a capability to threaten the United States and its NATO allies in Europe in the foreseeable future, the ITAR-Tass, Interfax and RIA Novosti news agencies...
  • Russian tycoon moves into the arms industry

    12/05/2006 2:42:34 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 207+ views
    iht.com ^ | December 5, 2006
    The Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman is moving into the military contracting business through a joint venture with a state arms export monopoly that is central to plans by President Vladimir Putin of Russia to guide the development of strategic industries like carmaking and aviation. Fridman's Alfa Bank, one of the biggest Russian lenders, and Rosoboronexport are setting up the 50-50 joint venture, called Patriot Capital, that will help raise funds for the arms industry. It will also advise on restructuring debt and attract investment for upgrading equipment, the bank, based in Moscow, said Monday. The new venture will help overhaul...
  • (Senator Ted) Kennedy Offered to Help Soviets Thwart U.S. Policies, KGB Papers Show

    11/02/2006 9:51:17 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 117 replies · 3,881+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 2, 2006 | Kevin Mooney
    While Soviet troops occupied Afghanistan in 1980, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) worked in close concert with high level Kremlin officials to alter the direction of U.S. policy, according to documents made available through a KGB defector.
  • Russia Out in Force at China Air Show

    10/30/2006 3:15:12 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 961+ views
    AP ^ | Oct. 30, 2006 | JOE McDONALD
    ZHUHAI, China — Russia's aerospace companies were out in force as the world's aircraft makers gathered Monday for China's biggest air show, looking to the booming Chinese market to drive sales as their industry's growth slows elsewhere. Boeing Co., Airbus Industrie and other companies from 18 countries were displaying aircraft, engines and other equipment at the five-day exhibition, which starts Tuesday in this southern Chinese boomtown near Hong Kong. Russian companies were displaying warplanes and civilian aircraft, as well as missiles and military electronics, reflecting China's status as Moscow's leading arms export market and Russian ambitions to expand in commercial...
  • Russia Led Arms Sales to Developing World in ’05

    10/28/2006 12:40:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 382+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | October 29, 2006 | THOM SHANKER
    Although China has joined the United States in partnership to press for a resumption of six-party talks to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons program after its recent test, Taiwan remains a potential flash point between Beijing and Washington. Thus, China’s ability to refuel its attack planes and bombers to enable them to fly farther from Chinese soil could require the United States Navy to operate even farther out to sea should the United States military be called to deal with a crisis in the Taiwan Strait. That would have an impact on the range and number of air missions of...
  • Russia to Deliver Su-33 Fighters to China-(how quaint carrier aircraft)

    10/24/2006 9:39:40 AM PDT · by Flavius · 37 replies · 2,064+ views
    kommersant ^ | Oct. 23, 2006 | na
    Russia’s state exporter of weapons, Rosoboronexport is completing negotiations to ship to China up to 50 Su-33 jet fighters for a total worth of $2.5 billion. If the deal is ever clinched, it will be the second biggest contract for export of Russia’s armaments. Till late this year, China will buy in Russia two Su-33 jet fighters on trial for the aircraft carrier that is currently constructed. The deal value is around $100 million, sources close to negotiations said. Bound by the very tough confidential agreements on military cooperation, Rosoboronexport doesn’t comment on the talks. But the sources say the...