RUS­SIA TOPS U.S. IN WAR­HEADS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

The State Depart­ment on Wed­nes­day re­leased the lat­est num­bers of de­ployed nu­clear war­heads un­der the 2010 New Strate­gic Arms Re­duc­tion Treaty (START).

For the first time, Rus­sia, which is in the midst of a ma­jor strate­gic nu­clear mod­ern­iza­tion, has more de­ployed war­heads than the United States.

Ac­cord­ing to the State Depart­ment’s fact sheet, Rus­sia now has 1,643 war­heads de­ployed on in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles, sub­ma­rine-launched bal­lis­tic mis­siles and heavy bombers. The United States has 1,642.

The war­head count for the Rus­sians, based on a re­quired treaty dec­la­ra­tion as of Sept. 1, shows an in­crease of 131 war­heads since the last dec­la­ra­tion on March 1. The U.S. re­ported a war­head in­crease of 57 dur­ing the same pe­riod. It is not clear why the war­head num­bers in­creased.

The treaty lim­its each side to 1,550 de­ployed war­heads, 700 de­ployed mis­siles and bombers and 800 de­ployed and non-de­ployed launch­ers.

On New START de­liv­ery sys­tems, the lat­est fact sheet re­veals that the cur­rent Rus­sian arse­nal of de­ployed in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles, silo­launched bal­lis­tic mis­siles and heavy bombers is 528, up from 498.

Mark Sch­nei­der, a for­mer Pen­tagon strate­gic weapons spe­cial­ist, said the lat­est fact sheet con­firms Rus­sian of­fi­cials’ prom­ises dur­ing New START rat­i­fi­ca­tion to in­crease their de­ployed nu­clear arse­nal.

“While so lit­tle in­for­ma­tion is re­lease un­der New START that there is no way to say for sure, the Rus­sian in­creases ap­pears to re­flect the arm­ing of the two new Borey class bal­lis­tic mis­sile sub­marines,” Mr. Sch­nei­der said.

“All U.S. num­bers have de­clined since New START en­try into force,” he added. “The fact that this is hap­pen­ing re­flects the in­ef­fec­tive­ness of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ap­proach to New START.”

Sen. James In­hofe of Ok­la­homa, rank­ing Repub­li­can on the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Armed Ser­vices, called for a new U.S. pol­icy aimed at halt­ing Moscow’s nu­clear arms buildup.

“Not only did Rus­sia vi­o­late the In­ter­me­di­ateRange Nu­clear Forces (INF) Treaty, signed by Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gor­bachev in 1987, it did so while ne­go­ti­at­ing with the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion over New START, a 2010 arms re­duc­tion treaty,” Mr. In­hofe stated in a re­cent op-ed in For­eign Pol­icy. “The White House was at best naïve to Rus­sian du­plic­ity; at worst it was com­plicit.”

Mr. In­hofe stated that Rus­sian de­cep­tion in ne­go­ti­at­ing an arms re­duc­tion treaty while build­ing up nu­clear arms “poses a di­rect threat to the United States.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Topol-M in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile is launched from the north­ern Ple­setsk cos­mod­rome in Rus­sia.

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