US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, speaking at the Strategic and Operational Innovations in a Time of Change and Unrest conference held earlier this month at the Ronald Reagan Memorial Library, said that Russia is challenging world order, forcing the US to resist it with all possible measures including the military. But all the attempts of the White House to expose our Fatherland as a world villain today threatening NATO with a nuclear war, if you recall history, it is impossible not to regard as another bluff of American “friends” of Russia.
WALLS OF THE MILITARY MINISTER
In his rather lengthy speech addressed to the participants of the conference, which brought together politicians, legislators, military and businessmen, the head of the MoD touched upon a number of key issues of the current state of international security.
Carter, who had just made an eight-day trip to Asia, outlined several key foundations for maintaining international stability, which, in his opinion, must be constantly defended and strengthened. He believes that these include "the peaceful resolution of conflicts that arise, the exclusion of forced actions, respect for state sovereignty and freedom of movement." According to Carter, some forces in the world arena strive in every way to prevent the implementation of these principles and to destroy the international order, which contributes to their strengthening.
He noted that China plays the most important role in building the future of Asia. The United States objects to China’s claims on the disputed islands. “Since China is a growing power, we can expect that its ambitions will grow, and its armed forces will be modernized. However, the way China will behave in doing so will be a real test of its commitment to the principles of peace and security, ”said Carter. According to him, the US attention is gradually shifting towards the Asia-Pacific region.
However, the main part of the speech by the Pentagon leader related to Russia. Carter, in particular, announced that it was she who was most worried about Washington in the area of US security threats. He accused Moscow of its provocative actions and leading to new problems in Europe and the Middle East. “In Europe, Russia violated the sovereignty of Ukraine and Georgia and actively tried to intimidate the Baltic countries. Meanwhile, in Syria, Russia is pouring oil on an extremely dangerous bonfire, dragging out a civil war that feeds the very extremism that Russia claims is fighting, ”the minister said. Nevertheless, Carter did not rule out the possibility of cooperation with Russia in Syria. “It is possible that Russia can play a constructive role in ending the civil war,” he said. Responding to questions from the audience, Carter noted that, in his opinion, Putin "did not think too carefully" about his goals in Syria. He called Russia's policy there erroneous. Carter also stressed that the United States will adhere to a balanced approach and cooperate with Moscow when it is productive and acceptable.
“We are not striving for a cold, not to mention a hot war with Russia. We do not want Russia to become our enemy, ”announced Carter. But at the same time he added that no one “should be mistaken” in this matter, since “the United States will defend its interests, its allies, the principled international order and the positive future”, of which it is a pledge.
“In the sea, in the air, in space and in cyberspace, Russian politicians and military behave provocatively. And, what is most worried about, Moscow rattles nuclear weapons“- said the Pentagon chief. This state of affairs, according to the head of the US DOD, raises questions about the commitment of Russian leaders to the principles of maintaining "strategic stability", about their compliance with the norms of non-use of nuclear weapons, and about the correct attitude to "the extreme caution that nuclear age leaders manifested "in relation to all statements about the possibility of using atomic bombs. According to the Minister of War, the threats of the use of nuclear weapons from Russia are forcing the US to modernize its nuclear forces and other weapons. “We are investing in technologies that are in line with countering Russian provocations, in particular, in new unmanned systems, new long-range bombers, and innovative technologies,” Carter told the American elite who gathered at the forum.
As he said, today's reality is such that after more than two decades of US domination in relations with Russia, there is currently a gradual restoration of the latter’s influence on world processes, and China is expanding its military influence beyond sea borders. These trends put America before the fact that it is necessary to test their abilities to lead and maintain the existing world order. "Of course, neither Russia nor China can change this order, but both of these countries challenge him," said the head of the military department. “We are adapting our combat forces and equipment, as well as action plans in various situations, to work out, independently and together with our allies, a strategy to deter Russian aggression and reduce the vulnerability of our allies and partners,” he said.
Under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, the minister stated, Russia challenges the United States in many regions of the world, including the Arctic, where, as the Kremlin reported last year, he intends to resume the work of ten military bases operating in Soviet times, which were eliminated after cold war in 1991 year. Today, as Carter emphasized, Russia also began to send more air patrols to the shores of the United States.
In addition, Carter announced that the US is considering "new options for action" that America can use to contain Russia, and are taking steps to strengthen the collective security of all NATO members.
The statement of the head of the Pentagon can, perhaps, be regarded as his harshest accusation against the former opponent of America during the Cold War. Carter, whose performance was most likely sanctioned by the “aristocracy” actually ruling America, did not say a word about the past, current and future plans of the United States to destroy Russia and seize its territories. He only said that the Kremlin was carrying a plan for a nuclear strike on NATO. It is likely that, by analogy with the old plan of nuclear war between the United States and Russia, “Dropshot”, Pentagon specialists can call the Russian plan “DropNATO”.
RUSSIA WOULD LIKE TO DESTROY
In fact, the United States has always been and continues to be the most aggressive country in the nuclear sense. All Washington’s efforts to develop the Strategic Nuclear Forces (SNF) are due to the eternal intention of its leaders to level Russia to the ground. And no matter what, royal, Soviet or capitalist.
Back in mid-May 1944, when there was a whole year left until the end of World War II, the Committee of Chiefs of Staff (CLS) prepared a report stating that the USSR takes an equal position with America in the degree of influence on the situation in the world. In this first opus of American warriors on their way to the Cold War, it was noted that after the war, the Soviet Union would become a powerful world power and the clash of its economic interests with the United States and Great Britain would become quite real.
During the war, the industrial potential of the United States due to military orders has grown significantly. By the end of 1945, the share of the USA in global industrial production was about 70%. In America, produced almost half of all steel products produced in the world. The United States won first place in the military sphere. The military hegemony of America at that stage could only be opposed by the Soviet Union.
In February, the KNS 1945 informed the White House in more detail about the high probability of further developments in the world. American military experts argued that after the war, due to the need to restore the economy, the USSR would be forced to reduce the number of its Armed Forces to three million people. They believed that this period will last until the 1952 year and will be the most appropriate time for a possible attack on the USSR. All this meant that the confrontation of the two leading world powers was inevitable. It really became an indisputable fact that lasted more than 50 years and was called the Cold War. And today, as we observe, everything went in a new turn of the spiral.
Two months after the capitulation of Japan, the Joint Intelligence Committee (LFS), which operated in the United States before the creation of the CIA, the National Security Council and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and was designed to develop analytical assessments for the KNS and the federal government, issued report number JIC 329. The report assessed the military potential of the USSR and the capabilities of the US Armed Forces to repel the blows of the Red Army in a conventional war in America in the near future. Although the attack on the United States was viewed as an unlikely outcome of events, the report stated that "in the event of hostilities in Europe or in Korea, the Soviets will have a large superiority in troop strength, even if the United States, Britain and France join their military contingents."
Considering the superiority of the USSR in conventional aircraft, LIS analysts suggested that in the event of an aggravation of the situation, nuclear attacks on 20 Soviet cities were proposed, starting in Moscow and Leningrad and ending in Yaroslavl. Most of the state and administrative bodies, research centers and manufacturing enterprises were concentrated in these cities. In fact, it was the first plan of America’s nuclear war with Russia. It was followed by others, the latter of which are still in effect.
The improvement of strategic nuclear forces will be a fitting response from Moscow to any expansionist plans of the West. Photos from the official website of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
In mid-December 1945, the United States Joint Planning Committee issued Directive No. 432D on the preparation of atomic attacks on the main political and industrial centers of the Soviet Union, a list of which was indicated in the LFS report. In the period from 1945 to 1953, the White House on the issues of building the Strategic Nuclear Forces (SNF) proceeded from the assumption that the United States has a monopoly of nuclear weapons and can achieve world domination by eliminating the USSR during a nuclear war. In this directive for the destruction of the most important Soviet cities it was planned to use the entire arsenal of atomic bombs (196 units) that could deliver the B-29 modernized bombers. Atomic strike America intended to strike suddenly in order to deprive the Soviet leadership of any chance of further resistance. Politically, such actions were justified by statements about the "Soviet threat". One of the main authors of this aggressive message is the US Charge d'Affaires in the USSR George Kennan, who at the end of February 1946 sent a lengthy telegram to Washington, where he outlined the USSR’s “life threat” from the USSR and suggested developing a confrontation strategy with the Soviet Union. At the direction of US President Harry Truman, a corresponding military doctrine was developed, later named after his last name. The Truman Doctrine formulated principles for conducting policies toward the USSR from a position of strength.
After Churchill’s speech in Fulton, which marked the transition of the world to the cold war stage, the United States, which had the exclusive atomic bomb, began to actively develop plans for an attack on the USSR. The first one was called “Pincher”, it was dated 2 March 1946 of the year. Then came the plans of Bushwecker, Crankshaft, Hafmun, Cogville, Offtak. In the middle of 1948, a plan for a nuclear war with the USSR, codenamed Chariotir, was developed at the KNSH. In accordance with this plan, a nuclear war was supposed to start “from concentrated raids using atomic bombs” on the most important Soviet facilities from bases located in the western hemisphere and in England. For the first month of such a war, it was planned to drop 133 nuclear bombs on 70 Soviet cities. However, American military analysts believed that this would not be enough to achieve a quick victory.
At the same time, American strategists were well aware that the United States alone would not be able to cope with such a huge powerful military power as the USSR. Therefore, the White House decided to consolidate the armed forces of the leading Western countries in opposition to the Soviet Union. 4 April 1949, Washington has notified the world about the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization - NATO. And after 8 months, in December of the same year, the KSSH developed a new plan for the nuclear destruction of Soviet Russia, which received the code name “Dropshot”. This is the name of a short punch in tennis. Recently, however, some military analysts have referred to this plan as “Short Blow,” “Instant Blow,” or “Last Shot.”
In accordance with this plan, the USSR should have dropped 300 atomic bombs and 250 thousand tons of conventional explosives. As a result of the first bombardment, 85% of industrial facilities of the USSR should have been destroyed. In this plan, the attacks on the Soviet ground, air and sea forces and the order of destruction of the air defense system were described in detail. At the second stage of the war, the deployment of NATO 164 divisions, including American 69, was envisaged. After that, occupation was to follow. The territory of Russia Pentagon strategists were divided into 4 parts: the Western part of the USSR, Ukraine - the Caucasus, the Urals - Western Siberia - Turkestan, Eastern Siberia - the Transbaikalia - Primorye. All of these zones were divided into 22 responsibility subzones. They should have been stationed by NATO military contingents.
In the third stage of this military campaign, the 114 military divisions of NATO had to launch an offensive in the west. On the northwest coast of the Black Sea, 50 divisions of the alliance were to land. These formations were supposed to destroy the armed forces of the USSR in Central Europe. Such a course of events, combined with the massive bombardment of Soviet cities, was supposed to force the Warsaw Pact to surrender. In total, in the war against the Soviet Union it was planned to use 250 ground forces divisions of 6,25 million people. In the Air Force, in the Navy, in the air defense units and support units it was additionally planned to employ about 8 million military personnel. The total number of troops to implement the plan "Dropshot" was to make 20 million people.
Since then, America has been constantly formulating and adjusting its nuclear doctrines and strategies, actively building up its nuclear potential and constantly preparing for war, taking into account changing external conditions. However, the USSR also took all necessary measures to strengthen its defense capability. And it did not allow the United States to decide on the deployment of a third world war.
According to some reports, the Pentagon annually prepares around 70 operational warfare plans (OPLANS). 48 of them are plans, according to which the US military should act in certain situations. But only five of these documents are called “full operational plans”, which envisage military operations of various sizes. Each of them is focused on a specific threat to the national security of the United States, that is, to a specific country that, according to Washington, is a danger to America’s national interests. These five plans also included the global nuclear war plan OPLAN 8044, which used to be called SIOP. Today, this plan appears under the number OPLAN 8010-12. Responsibility for the development and implementation of this plan is assigned to the US Strategic Command. In addition, it is developing plans for delivering conventional and nuclear attacks on North Korea and Iran (CONPLAN 8022-2), anti-missile defense (CONPLAN 8055), and an information warfare plan.
Today, the Pentagon is very actively modernizing its strategic nuclear forces, improving their quality and expanding their combat capabilities. At the same time, the costs of implementing nuclear programs are constantly growing.
CREDIT CALL ANSWER
Three days after Carter’s statements about Russia's aggressiveness at a meeting in Sochi on the development of the Armed Forces and the MIC, which was held at the Bocharov Ruchei residence for several days, Russian President Vladimir Putin in a number of his speeches gave quite a reasonable rebuff to the White House.
“As you know, the United States and its allies are not stopping the construction of a global missile defense system. And neither our concerns nor proposals for cooperation, unfortunately, are taken into account, ”the president said. According to Putin, “references to the Iranian and North Korean nuclear missile threats are covered up by true plans, and their true purpose is to neutralize the strategic nuclear potential of other nuclear states other than the United States and their allies - first and foremost, of course, our country, Russia, - and the desire to obtain a decisive military superiority with all the ensuing consequences. "
The President also stressed that Russia will take the necessary response measures to strengthen the strategic nuclear forces. “We will work on missile defense systems, but in the first stage, as we have repeatedly, I repeat, we said, we will work on attack systems that are able to overcome any missile defense systems,” the president said.
“Over the past three years, defense industry enterprises have created and successfully tested a number of promising weapon systems that are capable of solving combat missions in a layered defense system. Such systems have already begun to enter the troops this year, ”Putin said.
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, at a meeting with journalists, commenting on Carter’s words, said: “If you can call these statements diplomatically, you can say that they are far from reality.”
"What the Russian Federation is doing in the area of strengthening defense is largely due to US actions, including improving the American nuclear potential, deploying a global missile defense system to break strategic parity and promote NATO infrastructure to the Russian borders," she said, adding that "to remain indifferent to this or ignore attempts to weaken our security, we can not.