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JUNE 2021

63 Security Officials Urged Biden To Discuss Missile Defense With Putin

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63 Security Officials Urged Biden To Discuss Missile Defense With Putin

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On June 3rd, the Council for a Livable World coordinated writing and gathering signatures for a letter to President Biden from 65 national security leaders urging the President to include missile defenses in strategic stability talks with Russia and China.

This is likely to lead to absolutely nothing, but the semblance is important here.

“We urge you to demonstrate U.S. openness to including missile defenses in strategic stability talks with Russia and China. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, meant to defend the U.S. homeland, is already “on hold” because of its failures, and so at this time, is not a current threat to Russia or China. This presents an opportunity to halt the current arms race between U.S. missile defense systems and new offensive systems being built by Russia and China to overcome U.S. defenses.”

The letter specifically targets the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, which saw a plan to upgrade its interceptors cancelled amid technical problems in 2019.

The usual suspects, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Gunman were selected to compete for a next-generation interceptor to be fielded in 2028, and the Missile Defense Agency’s FY22 budget request last week included $926.1 million for the program.

Since the U.S. withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 ― a move Biden opposed as a senator ― “the GMD system has proceeded in a rushed, chaotic and ultimately counter-productive manner that has resulted in a failed test record, wasted billions of dollars, and accelerated an arms race with Russia and China, leading both adversaries to expand their offensive nuclear weapons programs to counter U.S. missile defenses,” the letter reads.

Signatories include former Defense Secretary Bill Perry; Obama-era Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes; former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Countryman ― and several former lawmakers who served with Biden in the Senate, including Tom Harkin and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

They are calling for Biden to put his money where his mouth is, basically.

They urge Biden to delay new work on the Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system by capping production of the Aegis SM-3 Block IIA interceptors and BMD-capable vessels, “as a first step to restoring strategic stability and stopping a nuclear arms race.”

The letter flags a 2001 speech from then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Biden that blasted the absurdity of a “theological allegiance to missile defense” in Washington.

“You were right then, and you have the power to walk us back from the brink now,” the letter reads.

Despite these expectations by the signatories, Biden’s budget proposal moves in the exact opposite way, increasing funding.

Any such decision would be opposed by many Republicans and Democrats, that is beyond a doubt.

Rebecca Heinrichs, a missile defense analyst at the Hudson Institute was cited by Defense News on the matter.

“It makes no sense to put on hold the U.S. homeland missile defense system to try to please Putin when the immediate effect would be to leave Americans exposed to Kim Jong-Un’s always-improving missiles,” she said.

“The argument to drop our defenses to placate our enemies by giving them a wider open shot at us has always been foolish, but it’s hard to overstate the madness of making that argument at a time like now when the result is to give Pyongyang that wide open shot.”

As such, it is a benevolent notion and such discussions would be fruitful, especially if US suggests to take lead in reducing investment and focus on these technologies. That is highly likely not going to happen.

“Since the 1950s, the United States has spent more than $400 billion on various missile defense programs. Today, you have inherited the long-range GMD system that is currently “on hold” because of its repeated failures. The Government Accountability Office in 2020 found serious problems with the Missile Defense Agency’s testing program: “it only completed about a third of its planned flight tests each year between FYs 2010-2019.”

Furthermore, of the tests that have been performed, the system has only been successful in 11 of its 19 tests, including three of its last six, under highly-scripted conditions and without the inclusion of even basic enemy countermeasures. Test results are not improving over time as one might expect.”

Essentially, since the US is mostly failing in developing these weapons, it might as well involve itself in dialogue on the matter, since Moscow and/or Beijing may feel inclined to save some money and not pull too far ahead.

After the renewal of the New START, Russia said that future arms control treaties should also include missile defense clauses, and as such any such decision is expected to internationally be met with positive attitudes.

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AM Hants

Basement Biden, who could not get out of the basement, during his Presidential Campaign. Now he is going on tour? How will he cope with that? Has he flown on Air Force One yet, with full security detail? Now how is Cornwall going to manage a US Presidential Security Detail on the narrow country lanes, when he arrives for the G7 freebie, for declining nations? Where will he meet Lizzie? Bet it will not be Buckingham Palace, that is missing the Royal Seal on the gates and has been closed down, since before Donnie turned up last June. Then you have President Putin and why on earth would President Putin wish to entertain Biden, apart from comedy value? I wonder what message President Putin needs to deliver and with an audience that will have to record it?

Thomas

America does not have a government, it’s all pretty much controlled by corporations. Putin knows he will deliver the massage to the real one’s in control of the u.s

Peter Jennings

Whatever happens with the forthcoming meeting between President Putin and Usurper-in-chief biden, one thing is for sure, its’ going to be lots of fun.
Of course one will have to watch the Russian channels to see bidens failure in all its glory.

With biden nearing vegetable level, it should make dealing with the other nato idiots a doddle. Just how much intellect does it take to stitch up the human race in secret.

I see the organisers of this treason have moved the area for demonstrators over a 100 miles away. This is a prudent move when one is committing treason against the British people.

Ams

Inshallah biden will not be hostile to Russia anymore after the meeting, and will understand the need to be friends rather than enemies

Peter Jennings

If he remembers the actual meeting. His narc nurse won’t be far away.

Peter Jennings

The US MIC are in panic mode. They are spending billions of US tax payer money on missile tech and are getting nowhere near their rivals.
So now they want to talk about missile containment!

President Putin should tell the USadmin to do one. They ignored him long enough.

Ams

Inshallah biden realizes the reason russia and china are advancing is due to US bullying and hostility and will act like a normal civilized country

China Is Right

The world fixing is clearly not going to be peaceful nor it would be possible with the USA shut up democracy and race replacementary around.

The red line of madness has been crossed a long time ago and the bills are coming for the evil ones.

Lone Ranger

Thats an admission they failed.
Again…
So after all what they have done to Russia they ask Russia for a favor ..
You don’t say…

Last edited 10 days ago by Lone Ranger
Ams

LOL!!!!

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