Welcome to the American Revolution II

Welcome to the American Revolution II
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
"We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose and insidious in method..." and warned about what he saw as unjustified government spending proposals and continued with a warning that "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex... The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist... Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."Dwight D. Eisenhower

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Russian attack submarines 200 miles off New York

Were is President Obama on this, we should have got the news from Him not the News people. The episode has echoes of the cold war era, when the United States and the Soviet Union regularly parked submarines off each other coasts to steal military secrets, track the movements of their underwater fleets — and be poised for war.

What I find weird is that the leader's in Russia called up Obama and wished him a happy birthday, and they both talked about wanting to lower tensions in Georgia. And now, their are nuclear subs? What? Happy Birthday!!!!

Russia is trying to reassert them selves in the world as a power again. We broke the USSR and they are still a little bitter about that. Those subs are their way of showing us Americans, as well as the rest of the world, their military is still functional and regaining it's former effectiveness.

Russia is not our ally. They support Iran and have helped them with their quest in nuclear power. If you don't know the citizens of Tehran gather on a daily basis to chant "Death to America". Not exactly friendly to us.

I'm not insulting you, it's nice to be young and naive but the world is a complicated place where some people don't like our western ways. Others just want to regain their former status as a world player. Example: When Russia invaded one of our allies, The Republic of Georgia, and we went to Europe to ask the European Nations to apply some pressure they wouldn't. Russia provides cheap oil to several powerful countries there and they didn't want to lose that fuel.

The subs, their power over some countries in Europe, becoming friends with countries that are rouge are all just a reminder of their efforts in reemergence.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two nuclear-powered Russian attack submarines have been patrolling off the Eastern seaboard of the United States in recent days in a rare mission that has raised concerns inside the Pentagon, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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While the submarines had not taken any provocative action beyond their presence outside U.S. territorial waters, officials expressed wariness over Russia's motivation for ordering such an unusual mission, the newspaper said.

"Any time the Russian Navy does something so out of the ordinary it is cause for worry," a senior Defense Department official who has been monitoring reports on the submarines' activities told the newspaper.

The U.S. Navy was able to track the submarines as they made their way through international waters off the American coastline, the official told the newspaper.

"We've known where they were, and we're not concerned about our ability to track the subs," the official added. "We're concerned just because they are there."

One of the Russian submarines remained in international waters on Tuesday about 200 miles off the coast of the United States and the second sub made a port call in Cuba in recent days, the newspaper said, citing Defense Department officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Defense Department officials declined to speculate on what weapons might be aboard the two submarines.

A Pentagon spokesman had no immediate comment on the report.

Both Russian submarines are Akula Class - nuclear-powered attack submarines first deployed by the Soviet Navy in 1986

Russia to lay down one multipurpose submarine a year from 2011

SEVASTOPOL, July 26 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Navy command has made a decision on building one nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine a year from 2011, the Navy chief said on Sunday.

Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said that construction of a second Project 885 Yasen (Graney) class nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine started at the Sevmash shipyard in northern Russia on July 24.

Vysotsky said the state currently had all possibilities, including economic and financial, to implement this project as soon as possible.

The Kazan submarine will feature more advanced equipment than the first vessel in the series - the Severodvinsk, which was laid down in 1992 and is scheduled to join the Russian navy in 2010 or early 2011 after a long delay for financial reasons.

"The second submarine will have improved electronics and fire-control systems, and will be built exclusively with Russian-made materials and components," Sevmash spokeswoman Anastasia Nikitinskaya earlier said.

The submarine's armament will include 24 cruise missiles, including the 3M51 Alfa SLCM, the SS-NX-26 Oniks SLCM or the SS-N-21 Granat/Sampson SLCM. It will also have eight torpedo tubes as well as mines and anti-ship missiles such as SS-N-16 Stallion.

Vysotsky also said that Russia would annually build warships and nuclear submarines for the Russian Black Sea Fleet stationed in Ukraine's Crimea.

"From 2010, we'll annually lay down one surface ship and one nuclear submarine for the Black Sea Fleet," he said.

Russia to have balanced nuclear missile navy by 2050 - navy chief

Russia to have balanced nuclear missile navy by 2050 - navy chief

SEVASTOPOL, July 26 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Navy is developing a concept of building a balanced nuclear missile force by 2050, the Russian Navy commander said on Sunday.

"In our understanding, it is important to know exactly what the Navy should be by the year 2050, proceeding from two things: it must be a balanced nuclear missile force and, secondly, it must comply with the state's national interests and economic possibilities," Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky said on the occasion of Russia's Navy Day being celebrated on Sunday.

Vysotsky said the Russian Navy should develop harmoniously without any preference given to the construction of surface ships or submarines.

"We will be building combat systems in addition to warships. I call this the construction of the Navy with open architecture, which will feature combat systems, complexes, ships, aircraft, anti-missile defense, outer space and the submarine environment," he said.

Vysotsky said that failures with the tests of Russia's new Bulava sea-launched intercontinental ballistic missile manifested a crisis in the development of technologies in Russia.

The missile, which is being developed by the Moscow-based Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT), has had six failures in 11 tests, and the general director of the institute resigned on Tuesday over what is believed to be a serious setback in the development of Russia's nuclear deterrent.

At the same time, the Navy chief said that Russia's modern Project 955 Borey nuclear-powered strategic submarines were not intended to be equipped with Sineva ballistic missiles instead of Bulava.

Under the Russian State Arms Procurement Program for 2007-2015, the Navy is expected to receive at least five Project 955 Borey nuclear-powered strategic submarines equipped with new Bulava ballistic missiles and two Project 885 Yasen nuclear multipurpose attack submarines.

The RSM-54 Sineva (SS-N-23 Skiff) is a third-generation liquid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that entered service with the Russian Navy in July 2007. It can carry four or 10 nuclear warheads, depending on the modification, and has a maximum range of over 11,500 kilometers (about 7,100 miles).

The Bulava (SS-NX-30) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has an estimated range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles).

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