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World War III’s Newest Battlefield – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. on February 10, 2020

Russia’s military budget is 1-20% of the US.

We build F-35s that don’t work and Ford class carriers that can’t launch aircraft. Iraq and Afghanistan have fought US to stanstill

Russia builds weapons that take out carriers and aircraft instead of building them.

Who would win?

https://original.antiwar.com/Michael_Klare/2020/02/09/world-war-iiis-newest-battlefield/

In early March, an estimated 7,500 American combat troops will travel to Norway to join thousands of soldiers from other NATO countries in a massive mock battle with imagined invading forces from Russia. In this futuristic simulated engagement – it goes by the name of Exercise Cold Response 2020 – allied forces will “conduct multinational joint exercises with a high-intensity combat scenario in demanding winter conditions,” or so claims the Norwegian military anyway. At first glance, this may look like any other NATO training exercise, but think again. There’s nothing ordinary about Cold Response 2020. As a start, it’s being staged above the Arctic Circle, far from any previous traditional NATO battlefield, and it raises to a new level the possibility of a great-power conflict that might end in a nuclear exchange and mutual annihilation. Welcome, in other words, to World War III’s newest battlefield.

For the soldiers participating in the exercise, the potentially thermonuclear dimensions of Cold Response 2020 may not be obvious. At its start, Marines from the United States and the United Kingdom will practice massive amphibious landings along Norway’s coastline, much as they do in similar exercises elsewhere in the world. Once ashore, however, the scenario becomes ever more distinctive. After collecting tanks and other heavy weaponry “prepositioned” in caves in Norway’s interior, the Marines will proceed toward the country’s far-northern Finnmark region to help Norwegian forces stave off Russian forces supposedly pouring across the border. From then on, the two sides will engage in – to use current Pentagon terminology – high-intensity combat operations under Arctic conditions (a type of warfare not seen on such a scale since World War II).

And that’s just the beginning. Unbeknownst to most Americans, the Finnmark region of Norway and adjacent Russian territory have become one of the most likely battlegrounds for the first use of nuclear weapons in any future NATO-Russian conflict. Because Moscow has concentrated a significant part of its nuclear retaliatory capability on the Kola Peninsula, a remote stretch of land abutting northern Norway – any U.S.-NATO success in actual combat with Russian forces near that territory would endanger a significant part of Russia’s nuclear arsenal and so might precipitate the early use of such munitions. Even a simulated victory – the predictable result of Cold Response 2020 – will undoubtedly set Russia’s nuclear controllers on edge.

To appreciate just how risky any NATO-Russian clash in Norway’s far north would be, consider the region’s geography and the strategic factors that have led Russia to concentrate so much military power there. And all of this, by the way, will be playing out in the context of another existential danger: climate change. The melting of the Arctic ice cap and the accelerated exploitation of Arctic resources are lending this area ever greater strategic significance.

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U.S. Successfully Tests Interception of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile

Posted by M. C. on March 27, 2019

We have been spending trillions on Russian/Chinese ICBM defense since the Soviets were given the bomb  in the 40’s and we have just done a successful test NOW!!!

Details are secret of course. One missile, time and track known in advance. Not 300 launched at once, most fake to draw defenses away and unknown targets. The reason Cray computers were born, to figure all that out. They probably don’t work either.

To paraphrase an ex president-it depends on what your definition of success is.

I think I have heard this story before. It must be groundhog day.

https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/03/26/u-s-successfully-tests-interception-intercontinental-ballistic-missile/

by Ben Kew

The U.S. military successfully tested the interception of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Monday, in a first-of-its-kind test of the nation’s missile defense program.

According to U.S. military officials, the intercontinental ballistic missile was fired from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands about 4,000 miles from the West coast.

The test was intended to demonstrate how well the U.S. military could respond in the event of a missile being fired from a hostile force such as Iran or North Korea…

Success is better than failure, but because of the secrecy I have no idea how high the bar was set,” she said. “How realistic was the test? The Pentagon had a very long way to go to demonstrate the system works in a real-world situation.”…

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US to attempt first ICBM intercept test | TheHill

Posted by M. C. on May 28, 2017

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/335342-us-to-attempt-first-icbm-intercept-test

The Pentagon will attempt to shoot down an intercontinental missile for the first time in a test next week, with the goal of preparing for such a strike from North Korea, ABC News reported. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stop Demonizing North Korea – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on January 7, 2017

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/01/eric-margolis/stop-demonizing-north-korea/

Something to change. Our Korea policy is not constructive, just like our Cuba policy.

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