STATE BLOCKS GRANT TO RUS­SIA

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The State Depart­ment re­cently de­nied $2 mil­lion in grants to a Rus­sian re­search in­sti­tute over con­cerns the money would be used to boost Moscow’s ad­vanced nu­clear mis­sile work.

The un­usual de­nial of the grant money was based on a re­view of a re­search pro­gram to be funded through the Moscow-based In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter, a group that acts as a fund­ing ve­hi­cle for re­search co­op­er­a­tion and train­ing in the for­mer Soviet Union. The depart­ment feared the grant could un­der­mine U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity.

A State Depart­ment of­fi­cial said the project for the funds was re­viewed in 2009 and 2010.

“Dur­ing that re­view process, State rec­om­mended that the projects be de­nied based on the na­ture of the re­search: The projects in­volved the use of plasma ac­tu­a­tor tech­nol­ogy ap­plied to hy­per­sonic flows,” the of­fi­cial said.

“This aero­space-fo­cused tech­nol­ogy has di­rect ap­pli­ca­tion to UAV and mis­sile sys­tems,” the of­fi­cial added, re­fer­ring to un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles.

“Rus­sia is known to be pur­su­ing ad­vanced mis­sile tech­nolo­gies that would ben­e­fit from this re­search. It is not in our na­tional se­cu­rity in­ter­est to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment and spread of tech­nolo­gies that would ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit Rus­sian mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions.”

Rus­sian strate­gic mis­sile forces are known to be build­ing a high-tech­nol­ogy “de­pressed-tra­jec­tory” strate­gic-mis­sile war­head that trav­els in space and then re-en­ters the at­mos­phere at ex­tremely high speeds. The war­head is be­ing de­signed to de­feat U.S. long-range mis­sile de­fenses by mak­ing the war­head more dif­fi­cult to track and tar­get.

The two re­search grants to­tal­ing $2 mil­lion were sup­posed to have gone to the United In­sti­tute of High Tem­per­a­tures within the Rus­sian Academy of Sci­ences. The money was to be used for work on con­trol­ling the space flight of ve­hi­cles us­ing a process known as mag­ne­to­plasma aero­dy­nam­ics, ac­cord­ing to Rus­sian news­pa­per re­ports.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the news­pa­per Izves­tia, the de­nial no­tice was sent from the In­ter­na­tional Sci­en­tific and Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter, and it stated that the project was spon­sored by the Air Force Re­search Lab.

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