Military Review

Give money to confront the Russians in the Arctic


No sooner had we discussed the article by the head of American intelligence, John Lee Ratcliffe, about the need to urgently revise the budget towards increasing the funding of intelligence officers, when the next petitioner took his place - General Terrence O'Shaughnessy, Chief of the Northern Command of the US Armed Forces. Yes Trump, he created such a mess among the military, special services and other paramilitary structures.

This is what a record military budget of more than $ 740 billion means. And what passions are now boiling among manufacturers of military equipment, weapons and other products for the military. The piece is really big and tasty.

That is why the statements of American generals can be safely attributed not only to the need to increase the defense or offensive capabilities of the army, but also to lobbying the interests of those manufacturers who are the main suppliers for the US Army formations.

Why the US Army needs equipment and weapons for use in the Arctic

General O'Shaughnessy's main thesis sounds quite reasonable. The United States needs to build up its military capabilities. True, the explanation of this thesis sounds rather strange for the general. Russia could strike at the US from the Arctic! For an uninitiated person, this sounds quite logical. But for those who studied at military universities, this is at least ridiculous.

With the advent of intercontinental ballistic missiles, military analysts began to calculate the possibilities of striking enemy territory, including the distance to objects. Comparing all the initial data, from the distance to the presence of missile defense systems, it was analysts who came to the conclusion that the most favorable place to strike is a strike across the North Pole. And, accordingly, missile formations were stationed in the Urals and Siberia for this very purpose.

General Terrence O'Shaughnessy speaks of this as a new phenomenon, a problem that has emerged recently. In doing so, he refers to the opinions of US military experts. Indeed, if we compare the military power possessed in the Arctic latitudes, for example, the Russian army, then one can really say about the significant limitations of the capabilities of the US army.

The military and politicians have been talking for a long time that the United States needs to increase its own efforts in the development of the Arctic theater of operations. These conversations especially intensified after Russia adopted a program to create its own Arctic grouping and deploy its units on the islands along the Northern Sea Route.

However, in spite of the talk, there is no particular progress on this issue. Of course, it is within the capabilities of the Americans to create a military base somewhere beyond the Arctic circle, but it is not yet clear how to supply it and rotate military personnel. The most powerful fleet that the Americans have is simply not adapted to operate in the Arctic frost.

For example, metal for the production of ships and military equipment in the United States has never been tested for strength at temperatures below minus 20. This parameter was simply not included in the technical requirements. Hence follows the rather costly problem of creating an Arctic fleet, arctic weapons and arctic military equipment.

It is doubtful that the United States will climb into the Arctic on its own in the next decade

The head of the Northern Command and NORAD (Joint Aerospace Defense Command of North America), General O'Shaughnessy, spoke about the need to accelerate the development of new weapon systems and military equipment for the Arctic exactly a year ago. When in September-October the record budget for 2020 was also approved. True, the emphasis last year was still on strengthening air defense and missile defense systems.

The United States has not shown much success in developing the Arctic in 2020.

It seems to me that the activity of the Northern Command is more an imitation than a real work on the creation of combat units and formations, whose task will be to confront the Russian units in the northern latitudes. Americans are interested in the possibilities of northern countries to develop the wealth of the northern seas. And given the fact that these countries have long been at least partially under US control, the task of the American army is slightly changing.

It is necessary to "seal" the exits to the Northern Sea Route and establish at least some kind of control in the areas of the route itself. So far, and even then purely in theory, before detection by Russian submarines - such control can be provided by several submarines. Thus, all the talk about the division of the Northern Sea Route, about the joint use by all countries and other threats at the moment are just "pouting cheeks".

The Americans are intensively escalating the situation in the northern latitudes, mainly at the diplomatic level. Very often, among US politicians, talk about the unfairness of the distribution of the wealth of the North is heard. On what basis does this region belong only to 8 countries? Let me remind you that today it is really so. According to international law, the Arctic has only 8 "hosts": Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

The Arctic is often compared to Siberia. While there were few technological and logistical opportunities for the development of these regions, no one paid particular attention to their existence. But as the possibilities of mankind increased, the question arose about the injustice of the ownership of natural resources in one country.

In the coming years, the Americans will not be able to create something equal in power to the Russian group. This means that they will not be able to lay claim to the "new Siberia" either. But the pressure on those who already have an Arctic fleet today, units and subunits capable of conducting combat operations in the North will be merciless. And it is these countries that will be our main competitors in the Arctic.

Change can be global

We write and talk a lot about the Northern Sea Route. Indeed, the use of this trade corridor will give a huge boost to trade between East and West. But we completely forgot about one more way - the Northwest! This is the name of the trade route that runs in the Western Hemisphere. Path along the north coast of the USA and Canada.

Previously, this path was practically not discussed. Unlike Russia, neither the United States nor Canada made any special efforts to develop this sea route. However, what is happening to the climate today - the very same global warming, makes Americans and Canadians think about its development.

By the way, other global players, such as China and India, are also thinking about the same. Why not try to invest in development and thus get your share of future dividends? This idea looks absurd only at first glance, who wants to lose their own benefit? But let's take a look around. The same Nord Stream and other global projects belong to several countries at once ...

So it will be with the arrival of autumn every year, as long as the USA exists

The next fiscal year in the United States begins in October. And every year in the fall we see the same picture. With tears in their eyes, American generals and admirals tell the US Congress about the deplorable state of their army and navy units. Every year, in the fall, the power of the Russian and Chinese armies for some reason greatly increases, and the American one turns into "whipping boys."

As recently as yesterday, the head of National Intelligence John Lee Ratcliffe, already mentioned at the beginning of the article, told Congress about the "irresponsible space power" that launches satellites, which, according to American intelligence officers, are space weapons... They perform very dangerous maneuvers next to peaceful American space robot soldiers.

But neither we nor the Chinese should be deceived by the successes of our armies. The situation will change radically at the moment when generals begin to report on their work. But this will not be in the fall. The seasons of strengthening and weakening of the US Army change in the same way as the seasons of the year. Spring Summer Autumn Winter...
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    1. Finches
      Finches 15 December 2020 07: 15
      If Joseph Vissarionovich was interested in the number of divisions of the Pope, then here you can clarify about the capacity of the American icebreaker fleet ... And I will say, not without pride, that the Russian nuclear icebreaker fleet is a unique potential that only our country has in the whole world. Including, the combat icebreakers of project 23130 and others ... And the American admirals were well informed about this, realizing that nothing will shine for them in the Arctic at the moment! Uncle Vova, in the mid-2000s, made the right move by launching a project to create an Arctic group and combat icebreakers! Including the development of container weapons and technical equipment (the same communication systems) - for northern latitudes ... Not everything is working out as planned, but everyone already understood that when Chilingarov in August 2007 staked out the underwater ridges of Lomonosov and Mendeleev, proving that they are an extension of the continental shelf of Russia, putting our flag on the bottom is not just a beautiful PR move, this is serious and for a long time! And the pie is to share this sacred, here they are not much different from our admirals - here the main thing is who has a lot of conscience - but this is the trouble of all mankind. Here Peter I fought by launching a decree "Many excesses have multiplied before ..." providing the death penalty for embezzlement, the same Iosif Vissarionovich personally shot a billion, so what? Never mind! All the same - who has so much conscience!
      1. Machito
        Machito 16 December 2020 02: 31
        What do Sweden and Finland have to do with our Arctic? Let them fall into their Baltic.
        1. Senka naughty
          Senka naughty 17 December 2020 21: 18
          Quote: Bearded
          What do Sweden and Finland have to do with our Arctic? Let them fall into their Baltic.

          None, they are simply strangled by the "toad".
      2. Civil
        Civil 16 December 2020 07: 15
        USA in its imperial repertoire.
    2. Tank jacket
      Tank jacket 15 December 2020 09: 15
      Biden's victory is the inevitable collapse of the SGA. Texas and others "take as much sovereignty as you want" (c) EBN.
      1. dorz
        dorz 15 December 2020 10: 38
        It is doubtful that the United States will climb into the Arctic on its own in the next decade

        It is doubtful that they have not yet climbed into the Arctic, the British estimate the Arctic mineral reserves at 22-25 trillion dollars.

        According to geologists, the Arctic subsoil contains about 10 billion tons of oil (about 83 billion barrels) and about 1550 trillion cubic meters of natural gas.

        The Arctic is also rich in platinum and rare earth metals, copper-nickel ores, tantalum, niobium, gold and diamonds.
      2. depressant
        depressant 15 December 2020 11: 06
        Most of all, America's cries about the inequity of the distribution of the wealth of the North among countries are amusing. Excessive childish naivety! Not applicable to seemingly adults.
        The entire territory of the United States lies south of the latitude of Sochi, and our lands, cold, northern, with permafrost, are 70% unsuitable for agriculture. Since that's the case, America, can you share the territory?
      3. for
        for 16 December 2020 16: 58
        Quote: Tank jacket
        Biden's victory

        The president's lot is "health care reform" and even then during the presidency, but their foreign policy has not been changed and completely different people rule over it.
  2. Pessimist22
    Pessimist22 15 December 2020 06: 11
    The American military and capitalists are encroaching on the wealth of the Russian people, but we will rally around the president and his friends in a united impulse, who care about the people, sparing their stomachs, malnourished, lack sleep, think about us, protect us from adversaries!
    1. Civil
      Civil 15 December 2020 09: 28
      Quote: Pessimist22
      The American military and capitalists are encroaching on the wealth of the Russian people, but we will rally around the president and his friends in a united impulse, who care about the people, sparing their stomachs, malnourished, lack sleep, think about us, protect us from adversaries!

      Yes, too, I think it is urgent to light a candle today at the reception of United Russia for the health of the deputies and deputies who do not spare the stomach.
  3. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 15 December 2020 06: 26
    a record military budget of more than $ 740 billion
    With such a budget, and not enough for warm pants and antifreeze? Well, yes, Russia, which has already been "economically crushed", or almost (in their opinion), manages to hooligan and create a threat at sea, in the air and even in space, feels normal in the Arctic. What to do and where to go to a poor American armed to the teeth and with packs of greens in his pocket?
  4. parusnik
    parusnik 15 December 2020 07: 46
    Somehow, the Sea of ​​Azov froze over. Icebreaker tugs were used for escorting ships. All people, like people, agreed with the prices. Only the Turks did not want to use this service. Their ship was frozen. For several days they delivered supplies on the ice. Then, warming came, the ice parted, and the Turks went their own way.
  5. A. Privalov
    A. Privalov 15 December 2020 07: 57
    .American generals and admirals with tears in their eyes tell the US Congress about the deplorable state of their subordinate army and fleet ...

    In this respect, they do not differ from the generals of other countries, for the process of knocking out money is the same on all continents. So they tell how strong the enemy is and what would be good to add.
    With all this, the US defense budget is 16 (sixteen!) times larger than that of the Russian Federation and for something they should still have enough.

    And, in fact, what was the head of National Intelligence John Lee Ratcliffe supposed to tell? That Russia has nothing but cartoons and models? That the Russian army is incompetent? What if there is some kind of mess, then we will divide them under a nut in five minutes? No? Then what is this writing for?
    ... However, what is happening to the climate today - the very same global warming, makes Americans and Canadians think about its development.

    In fact, what is called warming has not particularly affected the ice in the Arctic. So, things don't go further than conversations. hi
  6. Bradley
    Bradley 15 December 2020 08: 08

    F-18 vs Su-30 - the impression of a US Navy pilot
    1. Bradley
      Bradley 15 December 2020 08: 22
      Oops, I filled it in the wrong place. ) Administration, plz delete the message from the video.
  7. sniperino
    sniperino 15 December 2020 09: 21
    As M.V. knew Lomonosov:
    Russian power will grow in Siberia and the Northern Ocean
  8. evgen1221
    evgen1221 15 December 2020 12: 08
    Hmm. Technically, the Alaskan Sevmore is easy to close. Apparently the path of missiles through the pole is a splinter for them
  9. Basarev
    Basarev 15 December 2020 13: 02
    Why on earth were Sweden and Finland allowed into the Arctic? According to the mind, only the owners of the coast of the Arctic Ocean can claim something. Throw out the hell out of these two underdogs.
    1. iouris
      iouris 15 December 2020 16: 33
      Quote: Basarev
      Why on earth were Sweden and Finland allowed into the Arctic?

      So after all, the USSR is self-destructing.
  10. iouris
    iouris 15 December 2020 13: 43
    The Cold War is a war in the Arctic.
  11. Catholic
    Catholic 21 December 2020 23: 03
    the activity of the Northern Command is more imitation than real work

    Everything begins with Americans always with imitation, and then grows into reality.