Tag Archives: Military Officials

U.S. Deploying Jets Around Asia to Keep China Surrounded | Killer Apps

The United States Air Force will dramatically expand its military presence across the Pacific this year, sending jets to Thailand, India, Singapore, and Australia, according to the service’s top general in the region.

For a major chunk of America’s military community, the so-called “pivot to Asia” might seem like nothing more than an empty catchphrase, especially with the Middle East once again in flames. But for the Air Force at least, the shift is very real. And the idea behind its pivot is simple: ring China with U.S. and allied forces, just like the West did to the Soviet Union, back in the Cold War.

U.S. military officials constantly say they aren’t trying to contain China; they’re working with the Chinese and other Pacific nations to “maintain stability” in the region. Still, a ring of bases looks an awful lot like something we’ve seen before.

U.S. Deploying Jets Around Asia to Keep China Surrounded | Killer Apps

Expert claims North Korea ‘either has or soon will have’ a nuclear ICBM

North Korea is on the verge of obtaining a ballistic missile made by China that can reach Alaska, a senior nuclear analyst told government and military officials Friday morning during a discussion about China’s nuclear prowess.

“North Korea either has or soon will have a nuclear-armed [intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)] that can reach Anchorage,” said Richard D. Fisher, a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center (IASC), a national security think tank.

The missiles were “made in China [and] given to North Korea,” Fisher told attendees. “And I’m very, very sad to say our administration has said nothing publicly about this enabling of a direct threat to the U.S.”

Nork Threat Grows | Washington Free Beacon

Hypersonic Weapons Could Hit Battlefield by 2025 – Yahoo! News

High-tech weapons may be screaming through the skies at five times the speed of sound by the middle of the next decade, U.S. military officials say.

That’s the most optimistic timeline for the battlefied debut of a superfast new strike capability, officials said, and it depends on continued research into hypersonic vehicles like the Air Force’s X-51A Waverider, which completed its final test flight earlier this month.

The Air Force is “trying to get the technologies mature enough that in the 2020 timeframe we would like to be able to show the warfighter that we would be ready to start a development program of record sometime around that time,” said Charlie Brink, X-51A program manager for the Air Force Research Laboratory Aerospace Systems Directorate. [See photos of the hypersonic X-51A weapon prototype]

“If we go forward with that plan, we probably won’t start hitting the battlefield until at least the 2025-2030 timeframe,” Brink told reporters on May 9.

Hypersonic Weapons Could Hit Battlefield by 2025 – Yahoo! News

Cold Warrior Putin calls for Russian military upgrades as U.S. troop cuts loom – Washington Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country needs an immediate and massive military upgrade by 2016 and has called on his top brass to put the wheels in motion.

On Wednesday, he told top defense ministry and military officials that Russia is seeing “insistent attempts” from world powers, and the United States in particular, to upset the balance of missile defense, The Associated Press reported. He said the United States was trying to take the lead in world power and establish a new missile defense system, AP said.

Cold Warrior Putin calls for Russian military upgrades as U.S. troop cuts loom – Washington Times

Flaws found in US missile shield against Iran | The Times of Israel

Secret US Defense Department studies cast doubt on whether a multibillion-dollar missile defense system planned for Europe will ever be able to protect the US from Iranian missiles as intended, congressional investigators said Friday.

Military officials say they believe the problems can be overcome and are moving forward with plans. But proposed fixes could be difficult. One possibility has already been ruled out as technically unfeasible. Another, relocating missile interceptors planned for Poland and possibly Romania to ships on the North Sea, could be diplomatically explosive.

Flaws found in US missile shield against Iran | The Times of Israel

Why the U.S. military can’t predict the next war

This forward-looking approach from the Pentagon’s senior leadership is admirable, in that it attempts to counter the old adage that “generals fight the last war.” There is just one glaring problem with this degree of certainty: The U.S. military has a terrible record of predicting where conflicts will emerge and where they will be deployed to fight. The next time you hear lists of emerging threats and future conflicts, bear in mind the following observations from senior military officials over past few years:

1. In October 2010, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen acknowledged: “We’re pretty lousy at predicting where we’ll go. We’re pretty lousy at predicting the kind of warfare we’ll be in, if the last 20 years, or so, serve as an example.”

100% Right 0% of the Time – By Micah Zenko | Foreign Policy

China’s Military Seeks More Sway, Worrying Communist Party – NYTimes.com

The general’s tirade was one of a series of events this year that have fueled concerns among Communist Party leaders over the level of control they exercise over military officials, who are growing more outspoken and desire greater influence over policy and politics.

With China’s once-a-decade leadership transition only months away, the party is pushing back with a highly visible campaign against disloyalty and corruption, even requiring all officers to report financial assets.

“Party authorities have come to realize that the military is encroaching on political affairs,” said one political scientist with high-level party ties. …

China’s Military Seeks More Sway, Worrying Communist Party – NYTimes.com

Russian failure to notify U.S. of bomber exercises violated New START arms treaty

Recent incursions into U.S. air defense zones by Russian nuclear bombers earlier this month were part of exercises that violated provisions of the 2010 New START treaty, according to U.S. officials.

The treaty requires Russia and the United States to provide 14-day advance notification of major strategic exercises involving nuclear bombers covered by the treaty, and to provide notice within 48 hours after the exercises end.

State Department and Pentagon officials said the Russians failed to provide the proper notification for large-scale exercises held in late June in the arctic.

Obama administration and U.S. military officials at the time sought to play down the incursions as non-threatening.

False START | Washington Free Beacon

Perhaps the Obama administration feels it was non-threatening, but I feel it was very threatening. Also, the Obama administration ignored the Chinese missile launch right off the coast of California in 2010. What is it going to take to alarm this administration? Both the Russians and Chinese are making it easy to see their intentions – aggressively hostile. The American leadership doesn’t seem to notice as if they were blind.

Time to dump New START and get serious about nuclear war. 

Report: Russian intelligence suspects US hand in SuperJet crash – CSMonitor.com

Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, suspects that US-inspired industrial espionage may have caused the May 9 crash in Indonesia of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 – Russia’s only hopeful entry in the civilian aviation market – according to Moscow’s leading tabloid newspaper, the usually reliable and officially connected Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Report: Russian intelligence suspects US hand in SuperJet crash – CSMonitor.com

Moscow’s leading tabloid is reporting this. So Russian’s feel quite at ease reporting these kinds of things about America. What about this article:

It was US and UK that sank Russia’s Kursk submarine – English pravda.ru

Strategic submarine “Kursk” that sank in 2000 was sunk by the Americans. This theory discussed in Russia and abroad was once again raised by the Polish Wprost, referring to the information allegedly received from the Russian General Staff officer, “Lt. Col. Andrei.” According to the authors, the restraint of the Russians made it possible to avoid a full-scale nuclear war.

The fact that “Kursk” perished at the torpedo explosion was adopted as the official theory in Russia. The report of the Prosecutor General of Russia of 2002 stated that the torpedo was a teaching one, and it exploded on its own followed by a detonation of the ammunition.

Almost immediately after the accident a few admirals and officials claimed that “Kursk” was torpedoed by a U.S. submarine stationed in the area of the exercise. Also, some military officials declared that Russian nuclear submarine collided with a foreign submarine.

It was US and UK that sank Russia’s Kursk submarine – English pravda.ru

Still think Russia is not an enemy of America? What kind of country thinks these kinds of things, a friend?

Take a look at this next article:

Russian Probe Crash Sparks New Controversy – The Americans Caused the Crash

As if to distract attention from this embarrassment, the Russian news media once again took up the suggestion that the probe had failed due to U.S. interference. The claim had already appeared several times, first implicating Pentagon radars in Alaska, and then—when a simple look at a map showed the probe had never been in range of them—military installations on Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall Islands. Even the head of the Russian Space Agency, Vladimir Popovkin, got in on the act, telling newspapers last week that he had suspicions but wasn’t going to accuse anyone explicitly.

The accusation was left to an investigative journalist at the independent daily newspaper Kommersant, who wrote in today’s edition that members of the official investigation team suspect the United States of ‘accidentally’ lobotomizing the probe right after it was launched. In this scenario, the Americans were innocently beaming radar signals deep into space to get measurements of a passing asteroid, and forgot to warn Russia. The probe passed through the beam by chance and its autopilot was fried.

Russian Probe Crash Sparks New Controversy – IEEE Spectrum

It was US and UK that sank Russia’s Kursk submarine – English Pravda.RU

Strategic submarine “Kursk” that sank in 2000 was sunk by the Americans. This theory discussed in Russia and abroad was once again raised by the Polish Wprost, referring to the information allegedly received from the Russian General Staff officer, “Lt. Col. Andrei.” According to the authors, the restraint of the Russians made it possible to avoid a full-scale nuclear war.

The fact that “Kursk” perished at the torpedo explosion was adopted as the official theory in Russia. The report of the Prosecutor General of Russia of 2002 stated that the torpedo was a teaching one, and it exploded on its own followed by a detonation of the ammunition.

Almost immediately after the accident a few admirals and officials claimed that “Kursk” was torpedoed by a U.S. submarine stationed in the area of the exercise. Also, some military officials declared that Russian nuclear submarine collided with a foreign submarine.

It was US and UK that sank Russia’s Kursk submarine – English pravda.ru

This is another example of Russian aggression in the face of Western weakness. It feels free to toss around theories like this in the open. It’s pretty clear that the West is out of its league when dealing with Russia.

Pretty much the Cold War is back. In the face of this type of aggessiveness from Russia, the West really needs to get serious about preparing for nuclear war with Russia. That is not likely to happen, though. It is more likely that the West will continue disarming in the face of Russian aggression. Just one more bad sign for the future.