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Russians Highlight Obama's Adoption of Cheney's "Prompt Global Strike" Strategy

by | Tuesday, 10th January 2012
On the 23rd December, two leading Russian analysts wrote an article for Nezavisimoye Voyennoye Obozreniye (Independent Military Review), highlighting that not only is Obama not abandoning the Bush Administration's PGS platform, but building on it.

The article (in Russian) describes Obama's strategy as:

A global layered US defence system is an integral part of a new triad: Missile Defence-Precision Weapons-Nuclear Weapons, which integrates within a single system of nuclear and conventional offensive assets, active and passive defence, and a flexible infastructure that supports their rapid buildup ... [Missile Defence is the] determining factor in the game planned by Washington for the geopolitical arena of today's 21st Century world.

The authors point out the potential of a US first strike, highlighting the installations of this type of technology into the ex-Warsaw Pact countries. They also point out that a strike can be ordered by Obama acting alone. (Obama has recently stated in multiple speeches that he is working with his team to find every possible mechanism for doing things without Congress.)

Articles such as this from Russia are understandable under the circumstances. The "missile defence" installations in Europe, the continuing destabilisation in the Middle East and the "stan" nations, as well as George Soros' interference in their internal affairs must be viewed by them as a direct threat. Which probably explains the newly appointed head of Russian defence stating in a televised meeting with Putin on the 26th December that he would be leading a rapid "rebirth of the defense industry," with "one of the most important aspects being, in effect, a new industrialization of the defense industry, which should function as a locomotive to pull the entire Russian economy."

On the 18th November last year, the first Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) glide vehicle was successfully tested by the US, as part of the Prompt Global Strike program. The missile was launched from Hawaii, and struck a target over 2000 miles away, in under 30 minutes.

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