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Russia Testing Strategic Bombers, Subs, Missiles and Cruise Missiles

October 12, 2008
From Xinhua and the People’s Daily

Russia’s Tu-95MS strategic bombers launched cruise missiles Saturday following an earlier report that it test-launched a long-distance ballistic missile in the same day, the Interfax news agency reported.

“The Tu-95MS aircraft of Russia’s Long Range Aviation took off from tactical airfields and successfully launched training cruise missiles in the Arctic region of the country,” Col. Lieut. Vladimir Drik, aide to the Russian Air Forces commander said.

The missiles accurately hit training targets at the firing range, he said.

The launch was made as part of Stability-2008 exercises conducted with Belarus from Sept. 22 to Oct. 21.

It was reported earlier that Russia test-launched a long-distance ballistic missile Saturday as part of its Northern Fleet’s military exercises. It was the first time that a submarine launched the Sineva ballistic missile to its maximum range.
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Return of the Russian Bear

August 19, 2007

By Oliver North
The Washington Times
August 19, 2007

The Great Horned Owl is a magnificent raptor with feathers so soft its prey can’t even hear it coming until it’s too late. But even this superb hunter has a major challenge to overcome — it cannot move its eyes. To scan forest or field for danger — or its next meal — the owl, its eyes fixed straight ahead, must rotate its head.

Today, the U.S. national security apparatus is much like an owl with a stiff neck.

For more than three years now, our White House, State Department and Pentagon have been fixated on America’s adversaries in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Our preoccupation has been on Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. Unfortunately, we seem to have missed what’s happening in Russia. Not to carry the wildlife metaphor too far — but the Bear is back.

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Prioritizing Trouble

August 19, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
August 19, 2007

What is the lesser of two evils? Or, rather, what is the least likely to occur? A nuclear armed Iran? A confrontation with Russia or China? Al-Qaeda or the Taliban? Civil War in Iraq? Pakistan turned over to the radical Muslims?

These are the kind of question the U.S. and the U.K. have been facing and now face.

Last week, Russia reinstituted long range bomber surveillance patrols of U.S. and U.K. vital areas. These are the first routine bomber patrols since the Cold War.

Last week, Russia announced an intention to again deploy Russian naval forces to the Mediterranean Sea. This activity also is a return to Cold War-like military deployments and operations.

Last week, Russia joined with China and several oil-rich Central Asian former Soviet Republics who are members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), to conduct war game maneuvers.

And last week, Russia was the leader of the SCO annual convention, that included man observer nations such as Iran.Last week the leader of Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, gave an impassioned anti-American and anti-western tirade at that SCO conference and his leader of the Revolutionary Guards said he was preparing to “punch” the U.S.

Last week, the largest death count yet occurred due to terrorist bombings in Iraq.

And last week, the anti-terror government of President General Pervez Musharraf looked like it might eventually fail. Former Prime Minister Bhutto first spoke to Musharraf about sharing the government – then on Saturday blamed Musharraf for the presence of the Taliban in Pakistan.

The list could go on.

The problem is, there is only so much military muscle, skilled diplomats and sharp strategists to deal with such an array of difficulties simulataneously or nearly simultaneously.

Today, The Observer in London said in a commentary-editorial, “Last week’s scrambling of aged bombers to patrol the skies is a desperate bid for international attention and domestic applause. Such posturing is a sign of weakness.”

Maybe so, but what about China, Iran and the rest?

Another London paper, the Sunday Telegraph, included this on the topic in today’s editions: “A source close to the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, who cut her teeth in government as a Kremlinologist in the Eighties, said that Middle East issues had diverted her attention from a more rigorous engagement with Moscow.”

And there’s the point.

Russia and China have been neglected by the west. And Russia is now stuffed with cash from oil revenue while China holds more U.S. dollars and debt than almost anyone else. Even while American consumers gobble up lawn chairs, Bar-B-Qs and toys for their kids made in China, China says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other government agencies have wrongly overblown the summer long season on bad news about China.

You can bet that in China, there are those accusing the U.S. of manufacturing the bad news.

Unfortunately, manufacturing of everything else in the U.S. is at low ebb.

All this makes for and ever increasingly dangerous and even more multi-polar world.

The next President of the United States will face a multitude of international challenges. The problem will be: how to we assemble our team, martial our resources and prioritize the trouble spots?

War By Every Possible Means
From Oliver North:
Return of the Russian Bear

Russia’s muscle-flexing is dangerous posturing

August 19, 2007

The Observer (London)
August 19, 2007

The diplomatic atmosphere between Britain and Russia has been getting sharply chillier since Moscow refused to extradite the man Scotland Yard accuses of the murder of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko. There were tit-for-tat embassy expulsions. Now the BBC World Service has had its licence to broadcast in Moscow revoked.

But this is a sideshow in a broader story of Russia’s growing suspicion of the West and a tendency towards neo-Soviet grandstanding. President Vladimir Putin last week said that, in response to ‘strategic threats by other military powers’, Russian long-range bombers would resume their Cold War routine of flights around the world. Russian jets have also started testing Nato defences, ‘buzzing’ targets near US and UK bases.

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Vladimir Putin rearms his Cold War military

August 19, 2007

By By Gethin Chamberlain, Tim Shipman and Nick Holdsworth in Moscow
The Sunday Telegraph (UK)
August 19, 2007

In a hangar at an airfield 24 miles south east of Moscow, technicians were yesterday checking over the latest additions to the burgeoning military arsenal which a resurgent Russia hopes can restore its status as a major world power.

The MiG-35 and MiG-29 fighters which Russia plans to showcase at this week’s -Moscow international air show are just a small part of a £100 billion plan to return the Russian military to the heights of its Cold War might.

On Friday President Vladimir Putin caused consternation by announcing the resumption of regular, long-range nuclear bomber …

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Russia orders long-range bomber patrols

August 17, 2007


MOSCOW – President Vladimir Putin said Friday that he had ordered the military to resume regular long-range flights of strategic bombers, a show of Russia‘s resurgent military power which comes amid a chill in relations with the United States. 

Speaking after Russian and Chinese forces completed major war games exercises for the first time on Russian turf, Putin said a halt in long-range bombers’ flights after the Soviet collapse had affected Russia’s security as other nations had continued such missions — an oblique reference to the United States.

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