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ADM #HarryHarris:
#PLARF "controls the 'largest & most diverse #missile force in the world, with an inventory of more than 2,000 ballistic & cruise missiles.'

...if #China were a signatory [to #INF #Treaty], 95% of its #missiles would be in violation"

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My take: #Russia wouldn’t fully honor #INF. #China wouldn’t join INF. Unilateral constraint was a losing proposition: China developed the world’s foremost force of #missiles precisely within the ranges that INF would prohibit. So this increasingly antiquated treaty had no future.
1 post-INF option for US—reach agreements w allies/partners to allow rapid introduction of missiles in various contingencies to support their defense. Even if peacetime politics precluded permanent deployment, more concerning scenarios could tip balance in favor of local support.
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1 of 3: Had productive meetings with @NATO’s Nuclear Planning Group and North Atlantic Council to discuss Russia’s continued violations of the #INF Treaty.
2 of 3: We do not intend to deploy new land-based nuclear missiles in Europe. We do not want a new arms race.
3 of 3: The #Alliance remains strongly committed to ensuring that our deterrence and defense remains credible. #WeAreNATO #DefMin
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During the Annual Address to #Russia's Federal Assembly president #Putin talked about the "Zircon" hypersonic missile:
_ range of 1000 km
_ can be launched from ships or submarines
_ its speed is Mach-9
The first submarine equipped with the "Poseidon" nuclear torpedo will be operational in spring - president Putin
#Russia
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"The #US should abandon its illusion that it can achieve global military dominance, the world is changing, Washington has to realize it" - president #Putin
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In preview of #SOTU on national security, @POTUS expected to say, "As a candidate for President, I pledged a new approach. Great nations do not fight endless wars"
re #Syria #Afghanistan #Iraq?
As for #Iran, @POTUS expected to say in #SOTU, "We will not avert our eyes from a regime that chants Death to America and threatens genocide against the Jewish People"
.@ODNIgov Dir Dan Coats and @CIA Dir Gina Haspel entering the House Chamber at Capitol for the #SOTU
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Germany has a particular role to play in Europe and partly on a global scale. If it comes to military deployment, Germany is the second largest troop contributor in NATO and it is actively involved in a number of EU, OSCE and UN missions. Further to this it plays /1
a leading role in PESCO. Why do I tell you this? Because it is quite astonishing that Germany, differently from #FRA, the #UK, and other European countries (not to mention the #US and #CAN has no institutionalized place where people bang their heads against the wall /2
to think about the more "harder" aspects of Germany's defense policy (and defense policy in general). Don't get me wrong. We have a lot of talented people working at think tanks and to some extent at Universities. But what is missing is an independent place where people /3
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While Russia needs to be held accountable, withdrawal from the #INFTreaty will have significant consequences for international security and geopolitics.
The full implications of taking this step at this time ought to be fully considered, including with Congress, beforehand.
The #INF Treaty covers ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles.
With its large territory in the middle of Eurasian landmass, such missiles let #Russia range targets throughout #Europe, #MiddleEast and #Asia.
For example, here's the coverage of SS-20s Moscow deployed in 1986:
Thus, the INF Treaty deprives Russia of a significant military capability, for which its size and location are strategic advantages.
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1/8 My favorite #quote by #JosephStalin, which explains the scientific, #DialecticalMaterialist explanation of true freedom in material reality, not just as an abstract ideal. #StalinIsBack #StalinLives #JVStalin #Stalin #StalinQuote #StalinQuotes #Truth #MELS #MarxismLeninism
2/8 Having an #objective, #rational, #ScientificSocialist, #Dialectical, & #Materialist viewpoint allows us to accurately see & evaluate & analyze #Truth & #Reality as they truly materially exist in this universe.
3/8 An idealistic, dogmatic viewpoint, which capitalists have, however, makes one irrational enough to 'see' freedom where freedom stays trapped on a piece of paper while people are oppressed in their actual lived lives.
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US needs low yield nuclear weapons, @US_Stratcom Cmdr @usairforce Gen John Hyten tells #SASC hearing - "That capability's a deterrence weapon to respond the threat that #Russia in particular is portraying"
"The #Russia|n doctrine will be to use a low-yield nuclear weapon on the battlefield in case of a conventional over-match with an adversary" per Gen Hyten, citing Vladimir Putin's own words
"Our defense is deterrent capability" per @US_Stratcom's Gen Hyten, when asked about threat from #Russia #China #hypersonic missiles "We don't have any defense that could deny the deployment of such a weapon against us"
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