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Russia Is Increasing Its ‘Nuclear Capabilities’

From the Heritage Foundation’s Foundry:

Despite Arms Reduction Treaty, Russia Is Increasing Its Nuclear Capability

Michaela Bendikova | October 10, 2012

About a year and a half ago, the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) entered into force. The Obama Administration ensured the American people and the Senate that the treaty would contribute to strategic stability between the United States and the Russian Federation.

The treaty was touted as a crown jewel of the Administration’s “reset” policy, but yet another State Department data declaration confirms that the treaty is hopelessly biased in the Kremlin’s favor and that the “reset” policy is in shambles.

The treaty, in fact, undermines strategic stability. The State Department’s data show that Russia lowered the number of its intercontinental-range ballistic missiles (ICBM), submarine-launched ballistic missiles—or bombers—by three (compared to the March 1, 2012, data declaration).

At the same time, the country increased the number of its accountable warheads by seven (if the March 1, 2012, data declaration is taken as a baseline of comparison). This means that the Russians are putting more nuclear warheads, or Multiple Independent Reentry Vehicles (MIRVs), on each of their delivery vehicles. The process is also known as MIRVing and has been considered destabilizing for decades because it is said to incentivize the other side to strike first.

The Obama Administration recognized this in its 2010 Nuclear Posture Review and ordered all U.S. ICBMs be deployed with one nuclear warhead to “enhance the stability of the nuclear balance by reducing the incentives for either side to strike first.” The Administration, however, did nothing to negotiate a ban on MIRVing in New START, and the Russians are taking the advantage of this loophole.

"Loophole"? MIRVING should be one of the most central items in any nuclear weapons treaty. — You can’t tell me this is accidental. But if it is, than we need a more competent President.

Currently, Moscow out-MIRVs the U.S. by one per each accountable deployed delivery system.

In other words, they now have twice as many warheads on their multiple entry rockets than we do.

To exacerbate the disparity, the U.S. is the only state with nuclear weapons without a substantive nuclear weapons modernization program. Since New START entered into force, the Russians have announced the most massive nuclear weapons build-up since the end of the Cold War

And lest we forget, Obama has announced that he intends to further reduce our number of nuclear weapons to 300. Which would be one fifth of Russia’s arsenal (1,500), that is, if you don’t count MIRVING and they don’t expand that number as they are promising to do.

President Obama touted New START as an essential step on the road toward a world free of nuclear weapons—U.S. nuclear weapons, that is, because the assumption that if the U.S. unilaterally disarms, others will follow, is just not true…

As Pakistan, North Korea and Iran have proved.

Countries base their nuclear weapons programs on their respective perceptions of threats, not on steps taken by the United States. In a world with many nuclear-armed players, it is important that the U.S. adopts a “protect and defend” strategic posture comprising offensive and defensive systems. Such a posture would allow the military to defend the American people, territories, institutions, and infrastructure from actors who mean the country and its allies harm.

Perhaps Mr. Obama doesn’t really want the US to be able to "protect and defend" its strategic posture in the world. Maybe that is the whole idea.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 11th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Russia Is Increasing Its ‘Nuclear Capabilities’”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And to say nothing of “more flexibility”.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    And to say nothing of Tesla based EM weapons NO ONE wants to talk about.

    Nikita Krushchev’s incendiary remarks to the Soviet Presidium in Jan. 1960 following the downing of Power’s U-2 spy plane? Krushchev announced to the world exactly why he believed that the U.S. was so intently spying on the Soviets. Krushchev declared: “We have a new weapon, just within the portfolio of our scientists, so to speak, which is so powerful that, if unrestrainedly used, it could wipe out all life on earth!! It is a fantastic weapon!!” How exactly, did this “fantastic weapon” come to be in the “portfolio of our scientists”,


    Tesla based EM Scalar weapons. http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2006/4/6/232452.shtml

    I can’t find the link at this moment, but Russia has several top secret facilities deep in the Urals where hydrodynamic power plants on large rivers produce enormous electrical output, but all the lines run into mountain redoubts and disappear. Facilities where US Intelligence has acknowledged Scalar ElectroMagnetic testing of Tesla’s designs are being carried out.

    Secretary of Defense William Cohen –

    “Well, it points out the nature of the threat. It turned out to be a false threat under the circumstances. But as we’ve learned in the intelligence community, we had something called — and we have James Woolsey here to perhaps even address this question about phantom moles. The mere fear that there is a mole within an agency can set off a chain reaction and a hunt for that particular mole which can paralyze the agency for weeks and months and years even, in a search. The same thing is true about just the false scare of a threat of using some kind of a chemical weapon or a biological one. There are some reports, for example, that some countries have been trying to construct something like an Ebola Virus, and that would be a very dangerous phenomenon, to say the least. Alvin Toeffler has written about this in terms of some scientists in their laboratories trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.”

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