Thursday, October 9, 2008

Russian Military

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In support of the governments fears (about American power) the armed forces have been ordered to design and build missile defenses and organize the armed forces so that they are on high alert 24/7. All this is mainly for propaganda. The military can barely maintain its nuclear forces, and most of the conventional forces are poorly maintained and trained. Attempts to change this are remarkable only for how much decline they reveal. For example, the air force recently announced the first full test of cruise missiles, fired from heavy bombers, since 1984. This is where a heavy bomber, like the Tu-160, fires off all the missiles it can carry (12) to make sure that it can. This hasn't been done in 24 years because the missiles cost several million dollars each, and the generals did not want to risk the backlash from something going wrong. But there are a lot of other types of military exercises that have not been conducted since the end of the Cold War in 1991. Russia may be pouring billions into rebuilding the military, but it will be a decade or more before the troops are a threat to anyone.

Anyone except, of course, Georgia.

Carthago delenda est

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