5 US Weapons Russia Should Fear-B-2 Stealth Bomber


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The United States has already sent an unmistakable message to Russia with our B-2. In 2011, as Ukraine issues began to heat up, the US sent a pair of B-2s to Europe on a short range mission. The Air Force claimed that the purpose was to train with their allies, but the message was quite clear. The B-2 has significant advantages over existing bombers like the B-52.

The B-2 touts revolutionary technology with low observation capabilities and high aerodynamic efficiency. The low observability is particularly essential as Russian’s anti-air systems become more sophisticated. The combination of induced infrared, acoustic, electromagnetic, visual and radar signatures are wait make this stealth bomber so stealthy. It makes the plane highly survivable and allows the aircraft to penetrate even the most sophisticated adversary defenses.

Another key function the B-2 boasts is its impressive range. It has a fuel capacity of 167,000 pounds making it capable of traveling approximately 6000 nautical miles without being refueled. The aircraft flies at subsonic speeds, but can reach altitudes of up to 50,000 feet. This enhances the B-2s targeting capabilities. Along the same lines of targeting, it can also receive targeting information in the air. Due to recent upgrades of the aircraft, B-2s can receive presidential orders directly, even in a post-nuclear detonation environment.

To put the icing on the cake, the B-2 carries an enormous payload. Each stealth bomber can carry 20 tons – or 40,000 pounds – of conventional or nuclear weapons to drop on enemy assets. This means that the B-2 bomber is the only aircraft in the US arsenal capable of carrying the 30,000 pound GBU-57 Massive Ordinance Penetrator – or MOP. The GBU-57 MOP can supposedly penetrate 200 feet of solid concrete before even exploding. What this means for Russia is that they can run, but they can surely not hide from this stealth bomber.



5 US Weapons Russia Should Fear-Ballistic Missile Submarines


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If we are looking at the balance between Russia and the US military, the analysis must begin with nuclear arsenals. The core of America’s strategic preventative is the Ohio-Class Ballistic Missile Submarine – also known as SSBN. Of the nuclear triad, Ohio-Class SSBNs provide the most survivable and long-suffering strike capacity with each submarine being at sea almost 70% of the time. The submarine sees 77 days of sea duty followed by 35 days of in-port maintenance.

Each submarine is 560 feet with a beam of 42 feet and a weight of 18,750 tons. It is powered by a pressurized water reactor – or PWR – and a single propeller shaft. The Ohio-Class can travel over 25 knots at depths exceeding 800 feet with each vessel carrying 24 Trident II D-5 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles developed by Lockheed Martin to replace the Trident I C4. These SBLMs are three-stage, solid propellant and inherently guided. They have a range in the excess of 4,000 nautical miles which is the equivalent of 4,600 land miles or 7,360 kilometers. They also carry four MK48 torpedos.

These submarines have a greater payload capability than the Trident I they replaced with perhaps the biggest advantage being the new GPS-enabled navigation system. The new GPS system gives them circular error probable of just 90-120 meters which is as little as one fourth of the CEP of the older Trident.

Each vessel is also equipped with multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles – or MIRVs – which all them to carry up to eight warheads. This means that each submarine could carry up to 192 nuclear warheads on board. In total, our military’s sea-based deterrent boasts 336 nuclear armed missiles with about half of America’s deployed warheads on board. However, in accordance to the terms of the new START treaty, the United States will deactivate four of the missile tubes on each SSBN before 2018.



Top 5 Things To Fear From A US-Russia War-Russia Invades America


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Fears of a Russian invasion have long since abounded in the Cold War circles, but some of these circles include the Pentagon. They are more familiar with the KGB spying in the United States than the average American who likely thinks of the threat removed and only portrayed in films. It should come as no surprise that this once thought outdated group of spies is alive and well – although without the KGB label.

The likelihood of Russia invading the US without warning is next to zero. They would have to knock out US defenses and critical infrastructure first. There are a few ways that could happen. Russia would have to be willing to take out a large amount of the American population preemptively. They could use a highly lethal virus concocted in a Russian laboratory and then spread it across US cities. Russia could also use a “suitcase nuke”. While we can’t quite tell whether Putin is willing to put himself on the same level as Hitler, he has invaded two countries to date – Georgia in 2008 and, more recently, Ukraine.

There is also the possibility of using commercial airlines as a modern day Trojan horse to start the invasion on American soil. There are also dozens of cargo ships that enter US ports every day of the year. These Trojan horses could be carrying weapons and/or troops. Cargo ships could be outfitted to even serve as a landing and refueling point for Russian fighter jets.

The most likely scenario is that Russia has an Ace up its Sleeve. An American based Ace could hold serious potential for massive damage. There have been theories floating around that one option may be based in manufacturing plants where instead of large products like cars and airplanes are being crafted, there are actually weapons and weapon delivery systems being built. These soft targets have access to major US cities with access to trucking fleets, helicopters and other heavy equipment.



Top 5 Things To Fear From A US-Russia War-A Cyber Strike


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Just months ago, the CIA declared a “cyberwar” on Russia and President Obama has made it clear that Russia is our enemy. While it may seem like a ploy for the Democrats to redirect attention from all of the Wikileaks information, it is all together possible that a cyber attack from Russia could cause real damage. Evidence has yet to be brought forward that Russia is behind the email leaks, but that does not mean that Russia is not capable of such hacks. And an enemy inside your computer is not as harmless as it may seem.

Best case scenario would be that embarrassing information would be revealed by one or both governments such as offshore money being moved. Analysts warned that the administration risks making itself look weak and indecisive if it threatens action but refuses to follow through which is usually the case when it comes to threats of this nature. The CIA officials that have agreed on this point have also stated that America’s cyber attack options that were developed were not “particularly good” or “effective”. On the other hand it is noted that the Russians could strike back and “do worse things to us in other places.”

Uncertainty is a major weapon and it is still uncertain what hostile state actors and allied hackers are capable of. There are always concerns that Western powers are more dependent upon the internet than most of our potential enemies. We have more to lose than most if it came to an all out computer war. Unlike China, professionals admit that “Russian cyber operations are rarely discovered, which is the true measure of a successful op.”

Russia has integrated cyber operations into its military doctrine and has used these tools against enemies. Russia undertakes a major effort with its strategic cyber espionage against the United States. We are not just talking about a spy agency trying to steal bits of classified information but rather a strong effort to steal American intellectual property.



Top 5 Things To Fear From A US-Russia War-A Proxy War


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A negotiated peace with zero casualties is the obvious ideal outcome, but a proxy war is going to be the best of the bad options. Russia and the United States have already fought a slew of proxy wars including Vietnam and Afghanistan. In the scenario of a US-Russia war, the United States would likely finance military forces in Ukraine to fight Russian military forces. The probable goal here being to drive them out of the Ukrainian territory. Another option would be that if the US or NATO backed Ukraine, Russia may fund a pro-Moscow separatist movement in Ukraine against it.

A proxy war is no stranger to either parties. Russia helped the North Vietnamese beat America in Southeast Asia and then we helped the Mujahideen defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan. If we were to assume that pattern holds and Ukraine were the battleground for a proxy war, then it would be bad news for the occupying army. This means the advantage is given to America.

Critics would argue that America is already in the midst of a proxy war with Russia in regards to Syria. In October of 2015, Russia intervened in the Syrian conflict in hopes of propping up its ally in Damascus and push back rebel groups. The US was backing several of the insurgent groups fighting the Syrian president’s regime. President Obama at the time assured the public that Putin went in “out of weakness, because his client, Mr. Assad was crumbling.” Fast forward to over a year later and it is no longer crumbling and US seems to be putting its impotence on display when it comes to the Syrian conflict.

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Numan Kurtlumus has said that the conflict is now a proxy war between the two Cold War superpowers and warned that if it should escalate we may be looking at a global war if it spreads beyond the Middle East. “If this proxy war continues, after this, let me be clear, America and Russia will come to a point of war,” he tells a state new agency while adding that the world was “on the brink of the beginning of a large regional or global war.”