RUS­SIA TESTS NEW WAR­HEAD

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics - BY BILL GERTZ

Rus­sia con­ducted a flight test of an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile Tues­day that state me­dia in Moscow said in­cluded the test of an ad­vanced war­head.

The road-mo­bile SS-25 mis­sile was fired from a test range at Ka­pustin Yar in south­ern Rus­sia to an im­pact zone in Sary Sha­gan in neigh­bor­ing Kaza­khstan.

“‘The pur­pose of the launch was to test a prospec­tive war­head of in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles,” the of­fi­cial In­ter­fax news agency quoted De­fense Min­istry spokesman Igor Ye­gorov as say­ing.

The RIA Novosti news agency said the test was used to de­velop a “new com­bat pay­load for fu­ture ICBMs.” No additional de­tails were pro­vided by the Rus­sians. De­fense an­a­lysts say the lat­est test high­lights Moscow’s strate­gic nu­clear mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram and raises con­cerns about Rus­sia’s ear­lier threats to de­velop mis­sile de­fense-de­feat­ing war­heads in re­sponse to U.S. and NATO de­fenses in Europe.

For­mer Pen­tagon of­fi­cial Mark Sch­nei­der, who mon­i­tors Rus­sian strate­gic mil­i­tary de­vel­op­ments, said the Rus­sians have said the new fol­low-on SS-27 ICBM and the new SS-NX-32 sub­ma­rine-launched bal­lis­tic mis­sile, known as the Bulava, will be equipped with ad­vanced war­heads — up to 10 war­heads per mis­sile.

“Two things are be­ing re­ported in the Moscow press about the SS-27 and the Bulava — 10 war­heads and hy­per­sonic ve­hi­cles,” Mr. Sch­nei­der said.

A Rus­sian in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­signer, Yuri Solomonov, also has said the new strate­gic mis­siles will be equipped with mul­ti­ple, in­de­pen­dently tar­getable reen­try ve­hi­cles with­out a “bus” — a com­po­nent that nor­mally co­or­di­nates the fir­ing of mul­ti­ple war­heads.

Rus­sia, along with China, is de­vel­op­ing ul­tra-high­speed, hy­per­sonic ve­hi­cles for launch atop mis­siles. Hy­per­sonic ve­hi­cles, both pow­ered and glide weapons, are de­signed to travel at the edge of space and are be­ing built to de­feat U.S. mis­sile de­fenses.

The Na­tional Air and Space In­tel­li­gence Cen­ter stated in a re­port last year that Rus­sia is work­ing on a new class of hy­per­sonic ve­hi­cle de­signed to “al­low Rus­sian strate­gic mis­siles to pen­e­trate mis­sile de­fense sys­tems.”

The mis­sile test fol­lowed a nu­clear forces ex­er­cise this month that Rus­sian of­fi­cials de­scribed as “mas­sive.”

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is un­der pres­sure from Congress to hold Moscow ac­count­able for vi­o­la­tions of arms con­trol agree­ments, in­clud­ing the 1987 Intermediate-range Nu­clear Forces Treaty and pos­si­bly the 2010 New Strate­gic Arms Re­duc­tion Treaty. pro­vide a writ­ten re­sponse.

Mr. Rohrabacher crit­i­cized the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s in­dict­ment of five People’s Lib­er­a­tion Army hack­ers on Mon­day as a hol­low ges­ture.

“I, of course, was hop­ing that this so-called pivot to Asia was go­ing to re­sult in a much more ag­gres­sive and real­is­tic pol­icy to­ward what I see is the ma­jor threat to Amer­ica’s se­cu­rity and to free world se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity and well-be­ing,” he said.

As China is us­ing mil­i­tary force in the South China Sea to en­force ques­tion­able mar­itime claims, the U.S. re­sponse was to in­dict five PLA hack­ers, the con­gress­man said.

“That’s a joke. Five mil­i­tary com­puter hack­ers. I’m sure that the gang, the clique that runs China, the dic­ta­to­rial and bru­tal and mur­der­ous clique that runs China is very im­pressed with the courage that we have in ar­rest­ing the five mil­i­tary com­puter hacks,” Mr. Rohrabacher said.

Mr. Rus­sel, in re­sponse, de­fended the largely sym­bolic le­gal ac­tion against the mem­bers of a se­cre­tive mil­i­tary hack­ing group, Unit 61398 in Shang­hai.

“This re­flects not a re­sponse to China’s for­eign pol­icy ac­tiv­i­ties, but this re­flects the strong com­mit­ment by Pres­i­dent Obama, in fo­cus­ing on cy­ber­se­cu­rity and cy­ber­crime, to ad­dress the chal­lenge posed by Chi­nese govern­ment-spon­sored cy­ber-en­abled theft of the trade se­crets and sen­si­tive busi­ness in­for­ma­tion of U.S. com­pa­nies,” Mr. Rus­sel said.

Mr. Rohrabacher replied: “I would say that he is send­ing the wrong mes­sage, be­cause ar­rest­ing or in­dict­ing five mil­i­tary com­puter hack­ers is such a weak re­sponse, it will have the op­po­site re­ac­tion from dic­ta­tors and the people who run China.”

“They are en­rich­ing them­selves,” he said. “They bru­tally stamp out any op­po­si­tion. There are no op­po­si­tion par­ties there. They still kill people for be­liev­ing in God, like the Falun Gong, who they throw into prison and then have mur­dered in or­der to take their or­gans and sell them. This is not a group of lead­ers of a coun­try who would be im­pressed by the fact that five of their lower ech­e­lon have been in­dicted.”

John Tkacik, a for­mer State Depart­ment China ex­pert, said the federal grand jury in­dict­ment of the five Chi­nese hack­ers pro­vided ex­ten­sive de­tails on Bei­jing’s cy­ber­crimes and in­di­cates that China prob­a­bly uses cy­ber-pen­e­tra­tions to en­rich both the state and Com­mu­nist Party mem­bers “to the tune of tril­lions, not bil­lions, of dol­lars.”

Mr. Tkacik said the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency, the elec­tronic and cy­ber spy­ing ser­vice, is ca­pa­ble of learn­ing the facts on how Com­mu­nist Party elites may have ben­e­fited from cy­ber spy­ing.

“If Trea­sury’s in­tel­li­gence co­or­di­na­tion shop hasn’t tasked NSA to track Chi­nese fi­nan­cial trades, they’re not do­ing their jobs,” he said.

The NSA, Trea­sury Depart­ment and Federal Re­serve Bank could be­gin by cal­cu­lat­ing il­licit funds gained by so-called “princelings” — the wealthy sons and daugh­ters of party and PLA elites.

Scores to hun­dreds of Chi­nese lead­ers and their rel­a­tives have parked bil­lions of dol­lars in U.S. banks and other in­sti­tu­tions.

For ex­am­ple, for­eign press re­ports about im­pris­oned Com­mu­nist Party Polit­buro mem­ber Bo Xi­lai, charged with fi­nan­cial cor­rup­tion, re­vealed that his wife had trans­ferred $1.7 bil­lion over­seas.

Mr. Tkacik said China uses its eco­nomic power to in­flu­ence global fi­nan­cial and com­modi­ties mar­kets, and ma­nip­u­lates those mar­kets on “a galac­tic scale.”

“If Chi­nese steel and alu­minum com­pa­nies have this kind of ac­cess to for­eign data net­works, there can be no doubt that they use it to reap ex­tra bil­lions in prof­its off of global com­modi­ties mar­kets with in­sider in­for­ma­tion,” Mr. Tkacik said.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A Rus­sian in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile rolls across Red Square dur­ing the Vic­tory Day Pa­rade. The launch of the mis­sile was to test a prospec­tive war­head, In­ter­fax news agency quoted the De­fense Min­istry spokesman Igor Ye­gorov as say­ing.

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