Archive for the ‘modernization’ Category

In Georgia, Russia saw its Army’s shortcomings

October 10, 2008

By Fred Weir
Christian Science Monitor

The global perception of the Russia-Georgia war this summer is that an armored juggernaut of old Soviet military proportions rolled over its puny rival after a five-day conflict.

But the view from Moscow is different. Many Russian military experts are still shaking their heads in dismay over a catalog of delays and mistakes that plagued the Russian Army’s thrust into South Ossetia.

Russian peackeeping soldiers drive military vehicles out of ...

“The war made it clear that we have all kinds of shortcomings in equipment, training, battlefield coordination, and intelligence,” says Alexei Arbatov, a military expert with the Carnegie Center in Moscow.

The Russian Army’s questionable performance has prompted urgent debate here over Russia’s need for a modern, mobile, professional army capable of rapidly responding to challenges that might erupt along Russia’s long borders with its unstable post-Soviet neighbors. In fact, the August conflict is giving fresh impetus for a 30 percent jump in defense spending, and a military modernization plan.

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U.S., Poland Closer to Deal on Missile Defense

February 2, 2008

By Karen DeYoung
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 2, 2008; Page A16

The United States and Poland broke a logjam yesterday in negotiations over U.S. plans to build a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, with the Bush administration committing “in principle” to help Poland modernize its armed forces.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R) shakes hands with ...
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (R) shakes hands with Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Radoslaw Sikorski after a news conference at the State Department in Washington February 1, 2008. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Poland is “satisfied that our arguments have got through,” Foreign Affairs Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said. At a news conference yesterday with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sikorski said that “separate” dialogues would now continue “both on the missile defense base and on the modernization.”

Talks on the Pentagon‘s plan to place 10 missile interceptors in Poland stalled after the new Polish government, which took office in November, proved less receptive to the shield than its predecessor. With the public increasingly….

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Modernizing the U.S military

January 10, 2008

By Daniel L. Davis
The Washington Times
January 10, 2008

Between now and the Feb. 5 “Super Duper Tuesday,” America will get serious about scrutinizing its presidential candidates to ascertain where they stand on the most important issues.

Regarding defense policy, virtually all the focus has thus far understandably been on how and when to end the war in Iraq and bring the troops home. This is an important issue, to be sure. But there is another defense topic that is ultimately of much greater importance that must now share some of the attention.

The next administration will be responsible for making some critical decisions regarding the future of America’s armed forces in general and for the Army in particular; get Army modernization wrong and we could unwittingly lay the foundation for our defeat on a future battlefield.

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Tech Sales to China Questioned

January 2, 2008
WASHINGTON — Six months ago, the Bush administration quietly eased some restrictions on the export of politically delicate technologies to China. The new approach was intended to help American companies increase sales of high-tech equipment to China despite tight curbs on sharing technology that might have military applications.
But today the administration is facing questions from weapons experts about whether some equipment — newly authorized for export to Chinese companies deemed trustworthy by Washington — could instead end up helping China modernize its military. Equally worrisome, the weapons experts say, is the possibility that China could share the technology with Iran or Syria.The technologies include advanced aircraft engine parts, navigation systems, telecommunications equipment and sophisticated composite materials.The questions raised about the new policy are in a report to be released this week by the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control….

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