Air Force General Paul Joseph Selva is Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff which is the nation’s second highest-ranking military officer. He was appointed on July 31, 2015.
While the Obama Department of State recognized Russia violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), the former president, except for privately complaining, did not take any action. On March 13, 2017, the Wall Street Journal in an editorial said that General Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee that Russia has deployed a land-based cruise missile that violates the “spirit and intent” of that arms pact. He added, “The system itself presents a risk to most of our facilities in Europe and we believe that the Russians have deliberately deployed it in order to pose a threat to NATO and to facilities within the NATO area of responsibility.”
The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Russia is accused of violating prohibits the testing, production and possession of American and Russian intermediate-range missiles based on land. The INF treaty was signed in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail S. Gorbachev. This treaty is considered as one of the cornerstones of nuclear arms control.
General Selva was skeptical during his congressional testimony about the prospects of persuading the Russians to remedy the violation. “I don’t have enough information on their intent to conclude, other than that they do not intend to return to compliance,” General Selva told the members of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. General Selva said that the Pentagon was considering various steps the United States and its allies could do to pressure the Russians to comply with the treaty, but had not yet determined what “leverage points” could be effective. “I don’t know what those points are at this point in time,” General Selva stated.
The editorial of the Wall Street Journal stated the following:
“While the press corps chases accusations of Russian-Trump election collusion and illegal Obama Administration wiretaps, few noticed the Pentagon’s first public confirmation last week that the Kremlin is violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF).”
“The public admission raises the stakes for any grand bargain that President Trump contemplates with strongman Vladimir Putin. It also calls into question, again, the wisdom of arms-control deals with adversaries that will inevitably cheat. The INF pact was the Ronald Reagan-Mikhail Gorbachev deal that removed mid-range missiles from Europe and supposedly signaled a new era of good relations. Mr. Putin has other ideas.”
“The Obama Administration complained privately about the Russian missile violation, but President Obama declined to do anything about it. Arms control rivals catastrophic climate change in the former President’s belief system. The Pentagon’s public declaration is a good sign that perhaps the Trump Administration will take a more skeptical view of parchment pledges from authoritarian rulers who want to dominate their neighbors.”
On March 8, 2017, Michael R. Gordon wrote an article in the New York Times titled “Russia Has Deployed Missile Barred by Treaty, U.S General Tells Congress.” He explained that his newspaper reported in February 2017 that Russia had deployed a battalion of the prohibited intermediate missiles. A typical battalion has four launchers, each of which is equipped with six missiles. The missile was moved in December 2016 from a test site in southern Russia to an undisclosed operational base.
Gordon pointed out that officials from Trump administration have not said where the new unit is based; there has been speculation in media reports that a missile system with similar characteristics is deployed in central Russia. The New York Times also noted that a second battalion was staged at a missile test range at Kapustin Yar, in southern Russia near Volgograd. Russia’s foreign ministry criticized the New York Times article as an example of “fake news.”
Gordon explained that the Obama administration, starting in 2013, sought to persuade the Russians to remedy the violation while the missile was still in the test phase. But the Russians have denied they have violated the treaty and responded with their own allegations, which the Americans dismissed. Members of Congress have said that it is highly unlikely that the Senate would ratify a new agreement requiring deeper cuts in long-range nuclear arms unless the dispute over Russian compliance with the INF treaty is resolved.
Gordon reported that In a February 2017 interview with Reuters, President Donald J. Trump said he was concerned about the violation and planned to take it up with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. “To me it’s a big deal,” stated President Trump, who added that he would raise the matter with Putin “if and when we meet.” If Russia agreed to eliminate the new cruise missile, verifying that the missile was no longer deployed could require intrusive on-site inspections. The mobile launcher for the cruise missile is very similar to the mobile launcher used for the Iskander, a nuclear-tipped short-range system that is permitted under arms control treaties.
Michael R. Gordon concluded his article by stating the following: “Having failed to persuade the Russians to fix the alleged violation, some military experts say the United States could increase the pressure by announcing plans to expand missile defenses in Europe or deploying sea-based or air-based nuclear missiles. But many say that the United States should seek to avoid a heated debate within the alliance by proposing the deployment of a new generation of land-based intermediate-range missiles in Europe. The Russian cruise missile is also a concern for the United States’ Asian allies. Since the system is mobile, it could easily be moved across Russia, depending on its potential target.”
Russia has also violated with impunity the New START nuclear agreement
The Department of State has reported that Russia increased its deployed nuclear warheads over the past few months under a strategic arms reduction treaty as former President Obama ordered America nuclear warhead stocks to be reduced sharply. Since April 2016, Russia has added 61 new nuclear warheads. Incredibly, former President Obama ordered the Pentagon during the same period to reduce its deployed nuclear warheads by 114. Obviously, this ill-advised action has increased the disparity between America and Russia and has seriously endangered the national security.
Bill Gertz wrote an article titled “Russia Adds Hundreds of Warheads under Nuclear Treaty” which was published in the Washington Free Beacon website on October 4, 2016. The reporter explained that Russia’s nuclear warhead increases since 2011 suggest that Putin does not intend to cut its nuclear forces and will abandon the New START arms treaty as part of a major nuclear buildup.
Gertz pointed out that Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon nuclear weapons specialist now with the National Institute for Policy, said that, in his opinion, it is now highly unlikely that Russia intends to comply with New START. Schneider said the following: “Moscow appears to be on a path to doubling its warheads. With or without New START, Russian deployed strategic nuclear warheads are likely to increase to 3,000 by 2030. I think it is also clear that the Obama administration has an unannounced program to implement Obama’s proposed one-third reduction in strategic nuclear forces from the New START level unilaterally. A strategic military balance that existed in 2011 when the treaty was approved has now been reversed by Russian increases and U.S. cuts. In 2011, the United States had a lead of 263 deployed warheads; we are now 429 deployed warheads below Russia. The Russians will think this is quite important. It could impact Putin’s willingness to take risks.”
Shamefully, the former Obama administration continued a program of unilateral nuclear disarmament despite promises by former President Obama to modernize and maintain U.S. nuclear forces as long as strategic dangers are present. This was happening as Russia and America have increased tensions over Syria. The Russian action followed the Obama State Department’s decision to cut off talks with Russia on Syria.
Gertz wrote that the nuclear buildup is raising new fears that Putin is planning to break out of New START treaty limits rather than comply with the accord. Russian forces have deployed 249 warheads above the warhead limit set by the treaty to be reached by February 2018. Since the treaty went into effect in 2011, Russia increased its total warhead stockpile from 1,537 warheads to 1,796 warheads, an increase of 259 warheads. At the same time the Obama administration has cut U.S. nuclear forces by 433 warheads during the same period.
It is obvious that former President Obama had willfully and deliberately downgraded America military superiority making America a lesser superpower. This is treason and dereliction of duty! Republicans in Congress, as well as the mainstream media, should have denounced this unilateral disarmament while the enemies of America are getting stronger militarily After all, if Russia and China were to attack America and defeat it in a World War III, all Democrats, Republicans, and independents would suffer alike. This is not a matter of politics but of survival.
Air Force General John E. Hyten is currently serving as the head of the United States Strategic Command. He was appointed to that position on November 3, 2016.
Gertz wrote that Air Force General John E. Hyten, the current Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, warned the Senate during a hearing in September 2016 that Russia is modernizing both its strategic and tactical nuclear weapons. General Hyten stated the following to the Senate Armed Services Committee: “It seems clear that Russia has been making large investments in its nuclear weapon programs as well as modernizing both its strategic and non-strategic nuclear weapons. In addition to advancing nuclear capabilities, Russia is emphasizing new regional and strategic approaches, and declaring and demonstrating its ability to escalate if required. Collectively, Russian development of advancing weapons capabilities and its evolving war fighting doctrine is concerning.”
Gertz explained the following: “Under New START, the United States and Russia agreed to reduce deployed nuclear warheads to 1,550 warheads. Deployed land-based and submarine-launched missiles and bombers will be cut to 700. Missile launchers and non-deployed heavy bombers will be reduced to 800. While U.S. nuclear forces are very old and in need of modernization, Russian nuclear forces are being modernized. By 2020, nuclear missile submarines, land-based missiles, and bombers will be modernized, with 70 percent of the nuclear forces replaced with advanced systems, according to U.S. officials.”
Russia abandoned the 2000 agreement on plutonium reduction
Russia announced on October 4, 2016 that it had abandoned a 2000 agreement to reduce stockpiles of plutonium originally intended for nuclear weapons. Gertz said that Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook reported with respect the Russian rejection of the plutonium agreement, “We’re disappointed with their decision.”
Gertz wrote that other alarming signs of Russian nuclear weapons advances include intelligence reports that Moscow is expanding underground nuclear command. This is a violation of the New START treaty. Putin is also planning to double its nuclear warhead stockpiles for new multiple-warhead missiles.
Former president Obama, who is the architect of the destruction of the United States, ignored Russia’s rapid reaming and modernization of its nuclear arsenal while he engaged in a unilateral disarmament scheme. This is dereliction of duty and treason!
Donald J. Trump needs to upgrade the nuclear triad to defend America from China and Russia and increase the budget of the Pentagon
The aggressive behavior Russia and its violation of nuclear missile agreements need a strong response. This is why it is of utmost importance that Donald J. Trump upgrades the nuclear triad to defend America from Russia and its ally China. Fortunately, the President Trump has supported a revamp of U.S. nuclear forces set to start soon at an estimated cost of $500 billion. It would take several years to improve the nuclear arsenal. In the meantime, the
Pentagon is developing new weapons which are classified.
President Donald J. Trump is developing a federal budget that would increase $54 billion to the defense budget. The increase would be made possible by significant cuts elsewhere in the federal government, particularly to the State Department and its foreign aid division. The budget for the State Department and Agency for International Development (AID) this year is approximately $50 billion. The Trump administration is proposing to cut spending by
37% for the State Department and the Agency for International Development budget.
President Donald J. Trump stated in a Fox News interview broadcast on February 28, 2017 that he believes the extra $54 billion dollars he has proposed spending on the Armed Forces will be offset by a stronger economy as well as cuts in other areas. President Trump said the following: “I think the money is going to come from a revived up economy. I mean you look at the kind of numbers we’re doing, we were probably GDP of a little more than 1% and if I can get that up to 3% maybe more, we have a whole different ball game. It’s a whole different ball game.”
The B 21 bombers being developed to eventually replace the B-52 of the 1950s.
The 2017 Pentagon budget has an estimated $62.2 billion or 11% of the total budget. Pentagon’s efforts to replace the nuclear triad of submarines, land-based missiles and the B-21 bomber over the next decade will remain classified.
Former President Obama willfully and deliberately downgraded America military superiority making America a lesser superpower. This was treason and dereliction of duty!
Russia has violated several nuclear arms weapons agreements. Russia and its ally China are committing aggression unimpeded around the world. Former President Obama willfully and deliberately downgraded America’s military superiority and made America a lesser superpower.
The disastrous Obama administration legacy fostered danger and insecurity in the world. Former President Obama seriously endangered the national security. Donald J. Trump needs to reverse the immense damage done by Obama.
The policy of former President Obama of unilateral nuclear disarmament must be stopped.
Donald J. Trump promised to rebuild our military and appointed competent retired generals to the Cabinet and the White House. Only when America has the capability to wield overwhelming nuclear and military power can America deter its enemies from threatening Americans and its allies. As President Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is no more than one generation away from extinction.” Our survival is at stake! We need America to be resurgent and not America in decline!