The most significant diplomatic barrier to the development of a robust U.S. and NATO ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems has been Russian objections to those systems. For years, Russian government officials and public military doctrines have singled out U.S. and NATO missile defense as a top threat to Russia, and a destabilizing influence in Russian-Western relations for their own domestic purposes.
Russia’s foreign policy efforts and our current Administration’s receptiveness to “reset” Russian relations by limiting U.S. BMD has taken its toll, exacting concessions in the cancellation of a third Ground Based Interceptor site in Poland in 2009, cancellation of modernization programs, the atrophy to the GMD Homeland Defense system, and the cancellation of Phase 4 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach in 2013. The United States has made genuine and repeated efforts to address Russian concerns over missile defenses, clearly communicating that the BMD systems deployed do not have the capacity or capability to strike down the sophisticated Russian ICBMs, and are aimed at unsophisticated rogue state missile threats from North Korea and Iran.
Russia’s objections to U.S. and NATO BMD deployments are disingenuous, and exaggerated to gain concessions fom the United States, NATO and to stir up domestic political support for Putin’s agenda of military investments in the face of Russia’s economic crisis. A recent NATO publication states that “…BMD has become a political, rather than military, tool for distraction that helps to convince the Russian population of the need to focus on protecting the Russian state, rather than their economic livelihoods.”
Candid comments made last week by Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Rozogon continue to confirm this assessment.
This is not about Russia, this is about our national security, all about our capability to project power in the defense of our people, our homes and our country from current and future threats. Our nation and its leaders must have the courage to show persistent resolve to modernize our GMD and regional BMD systems to be as effective as they can be against modern day threats, and disregard Russia’s diplomatic theatre of politicalized and self-serving agenda regarding U.S. missile defense deployments.
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