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Russia’s Military Build-Up, Dropping Out Of Treaties, Could Be Too Costly

December 25, 2008

Losing more than is gained has been a consequence of arms build-ups by Russia in the past.  Some say the Soviet Union failed because the arms industry bankrupted other potential economic sectors.  Now the old Soviet war material is old and needs to be replaced.  But Russia can ill afford to rebuild what it wants, when it wants, despite the economic slow-down in the U.S., said Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexei Arbatov….


MOSCOW.  Dec 25 (Interfax):  Moscow’s potential withdrawal from the Russian-U.S.  Treaty  on  Intermediate  and  Shorter  Range  Missiles in response  to  the  potential  deployment  of  U.S.  anti-missile defense elements  in Europe will not benefit Russia, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexei Arbatov said at the presentation of a book entitled   “Nuclear   Proliferation:  New  Technologies,  Arms  and Treaties” in the Moscow Carnegie Center.
He warned about the economic consequences of this move.
“The  budget is limited. If we pull out of the INF treaty and start making medium  and  shorter range missiles, we will have to cut expenses in other   spheres,  probably  strategic  weapons  or  housing  for  the military,”  Arbatov  said, adding that he didn’t know which items of the defense  budget  could  possible  be  sequestered  without  detriment to
national security.
“We will lose more than we will gain,” Arbatov said.
This  is  not  just  about  the budget but also about security, the scientist remarked.
“Quite  obviously,  there are circles in the West, NATO, Europe and the United  States, which would welcome this scenario because this would untie their hands,” he said.

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This old Soviet-era Bear bomber is old, takes a lot of money to keep flying and has minimal strategic value in today’s world, experts say.
In Arbatov’s opinion, this move would mean that NATO member-states, especially  European  allies,  would  unite  in  the face of a potential Russian missile threat.
In  addition,  the  United  States  might  retaliate  for  Russia’s withdrawal from the treaty by redeploying their medium and shorter range missiles in Europe.
“It  will  have  an  excuse  for  returning Pershings, ground-based cruise missiles,  and  perhaps the latest, more sophisticated systems to Europe,” he said.
These  missiles  might  reappear  not in Germany, Italy or Britain, where they  were  deployed  in  the  1980s,  but  for  example in Baltic countries, Poland or “maybe even in Georgia”, Arbatov said.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits a ballistic missile ...
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits a ballistic missile site in Russia in October. Russia is developing missiles designed to avoid being hit by space-based missile defence systems that could be deployed by the United States, a top Russian general was quoted as saying.(AFP/Pool/File/Dmitry Astakhov)

Czech Republic Missile Defense Update

December 16, 2008

Democrats will not stop the development of anti-missile systems, but they will stress the defence against short and middle-range missiles, Daniel Anyz writes about the prospects of the U.S. radar on Czech soil in Hospodarske noviny.

The Czech radar that is to be able to communicate with the systems may be part of the plans.

The emphasis on the systems opens a door to the real “Natoization” of the anti-missile defence, Anyz writes.

This means that Prague’s tacit assumption that a U.S. radar might give it special relations with the USA and its security commitments will probably not be fulfilled, he adds.

On the other hand, the consent to the project both in the Czech Republic and in Europe may become more within reach, Anylz writes.


The result of the elections that would allow to the opposition Social Democrats to rule alone may be an obstacle to the grand coalition, Alexandr Mitrofanov writes about the idea that the Social Democrats and the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) may form the alliance in Pravo.

Ilustračni snimek radaru XBR (na nedatovaném archivnim snimku poskytnutém Velvyslanectvim USA v ČR), který je součásti systému protiraketové obrany USA. - ilustračni foto
One of the phased array radar faces

Absolute power is connected with sole responsibility. If the Social Democrats ruled without partners, they could not blame anyone also for their failures.

This will be double true at the time when the global crisis continues as they will need to share the weight of the task with some partners, Mitrofanov writes.

Social Democrat leader Jiri Paroubek would certainly prefer a coalition with the Christian Democrats and the Greens. However, it may happen that neither of the parties will cross the five-percent threshold necessary to enter the Chamber of Deputies, he adds.

It cannot be ruled out that the lower house will only consist of the deputies for the ODS, the Social Democrats and the Communists, Mitrofanov writes.

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Cruise Missile Sites Key To Persian Gulf, Iran Defense

December 16, 2008

Commander of Islamic Republic of Iran Guard Corps Air Force (IRGCAF) said here Monday cruise missiles’ sites are among the most important preventive factors for countries.

Brigadier General Hossein Salami referred to the unique capabilities of those sites at the opening ceremony of a nationwide gathering to mark the official put to use of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s cruise missile sites, adding, “Considering the precision of these missiles in destroying the targets, their control systems and their capability of decreasing the probability of being detected by radars, these sites are within the Islamic Republic of Iran’s most important preventive strategic means.”
Salami said, “The only way to prevent the enemies’ ominous intentions against our country is generating power and putting it on display at a level to increase the preventive factor’s extent, so as to occupy their minds with the question of how to penetrate into the defense layers of our country’s sensitive and strategic centers.” The IRGCAF commander further elaborating on unique capabilities of cruise missile sites, referred to their capability of aiming at a combination of invading targets.

Brigadier General Salami added, “The mighty minds and hands of the Jihadi technicians of our country’s defensive industries have enabled Iran to demonstrate a boosted preventive power show aimed at convincing the enemies to forget about invading Iran.”
According to IRNA reporter, the two day gathering sponsored by Defense Ministry’s Aerospace Industries Organization is scheduled to focus on such issues as designing cruise missile sites, navigation and control technologies, flight dynamics and aerodynamics, fire hazard systems, model plane manufacturing, electronic wars, immunity and eliability, innovations and future technologies will be discussed among the participating technicians and scientists.