U.S.: Russia Repeatedly Cheating on Nuclear Missile Treaty

“Treaties are like pie crusts, they are made to be broken” – Vladimir Lenin.

The stakes are high America’s nuclear arsenal is facing suicidal reductions while what’s to remain is already decades old. Lets also not forget the personnel in charge of the nuclear deterrent are facing burnout and removal for petty scandals, let alone witnessing unprecedented incidents where, for example, 50 missile silos go offline unexpectedly. Meanwhile, China and Russia are both modernizing their nuclear forces and will eventually attain first-strike capability. Don’t expect anything meaningful in terms of results to come out of the political ‘outrage’ that the government expresses whenever a new security threat is revealed, as past actions have time and time again been almost nothing in response — all bark and no bite.

The consequences for turning a blind eye will be irreversible and deadly. In 2013, America is still buying New Lies for Old.

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Senior Obama administration officials informed congressional lawmakers in a closed-door 2012 briefing that Russia was not abiding by a bilateral arms control accord that bans the fielding of intermediate-range missiles, the Daily Beast reported on Tuesday.

The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty required both Russia and the United States to eliminate all of their nuclear and non-nuclear ballistic and cruise missiles with maximum flight distances between roughly 300 miles and 3,400 miles. Russia’s testing of the SS-25 mobile intercontinental ballistic missile and of the new-model RS-26, optimized for penetrating missile defenses, may have raised the concerns about violating the accord’s range restrictions, according to the website. However, the alleged focus of the cheating remains secret. Continue reading

Inside the Ring: Russia builds up, U.S. down

During the last five years, hearing about the US disarming while the Soviets (China as well) re-arm and modernize is alarming, but nothing new under the sun. What’s new, and yet more alarming, is that they are further concentrating on road mobile missiles. To be realistic, they likely never abided by the previous START treaties as it’s in Russian history to treat treaties as pie crusts, which is to say they’re meant to be broken. Nobody knows what roads/routes they travel, which is what makes them hard to detect. There is no such thing in the United States, and this would quite possibly give them first-strike capability. To avid readers of current events, the ability to penetrate US missile defenses was also not new and something bragged about years ago by the Russians.

As the Obama administration prepares to  launch a new round of strategic nuclear missile cuts, Russia’s strategic nuclear forces are undergoing a  major modernization, according to U.S. officials.

Russia’s military announced last  month that as part of the nuclear buildup, Moscow later this year will deploy  the first of its new intercontinental ballistic missiles called the Yars-M.

Details of the missile are being kept secret, but it has been described as a fifth-generation strategic nuclear system that Russian officials say will be able to penetrate U.S. missile defenses using a new type of fuel that requires a shorter burn time for booster engines. Continue reading