Monday, May 06, 2013

Russian Tu-95 Bear Bombers Probing Alaska Air Defenses Near The Aleutians And The North Slope Once Again

Tu-95 "Bear", from Wikipedia
Russia's up to some of their old Soviet tricks again, flying bombers near Alaska to probe America's air defenses. The Washington Free Beacon reports that on April 28th and 29th, two Tu-95 Bear H nuclear-capable bombers were detected flying into the military’s Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) near the Aleutians, where a strategic missile defense radar is located at Eareckson AFB on Shemya Island, and near Alaska’s North Slope region by the Arctic and Chukchi Sea. To ensure the bombers did not penetrate U.S. air space, two F-22s were scrambled from Elmendorf Air Force Base; they visually identified the Russian aircraft. The Washington Times also picked up the story, but Alaska media have been silent, although on May 7th, Joe Miller put out the word on Restoring Liberty.

This is the fifth incident of Russian strategic bombers flying against the United States since June 2012, when Bear bombers were intercepted near Alaska during a large-scale Russian strategic nuclear exercise that Russian military officials said involved practice strikes against U.S. missile defense sites in Alaska. The incursion is not expected to derail a joint U.S.-Russian dubbed Vigilant Eagle 2013, which is set for August. The exercise, to be held in Anchorage and at Anadyr, is said to focus on national procedures for monitoring the situation and the cooperative hand-off of a hijacked aircraft from one nation to the other while exchanging air tracking information.

But some defense officials and military analysts are questioning why the U.S. would seek to cooperate with the Russians at a time when Moscow is flying threatening bomber missions against the United States. Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney, a former Alaska Air Command commander, said: “The Russians continue to play the administration like a fiddle, sending signals that they still have a strategic air force and can project power while the U.S. continues to ground alert squadrons and unilateral disarms.” Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Trey Obering, a former director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), says that the flights are a clear sign Moscow has no interest in cooperating with the United States on missile defenses. He recommends the U.S. make no concessions to the Russians and instead should pursue U.S. national security interests in defending American territory and allies. Back in March, the Pentagon announced it was adding 14 new long-range missile interceptors to the 30 ground-based interceptors based at Fort Greely, Alaska, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, so the Obama Administration hasn't completely abandoned its defense responsibilities. But the fact that President Vladimir Putin kept Secretary of State John Kerry waiting for three hours on May 7th may be a sign of the Russian government's true attitude towards the Obama Administration.

But it does seem like the Obama Administration is more interesting in having gays in the military, women in combat positions, and purging Christianity from the ranks than it is in fielding a strong national defense. The military has no business being a social experimentation laboratory; its mission is strictly to defend the country.

1 comment:

  1. We need to go fully road, rail, sea and air mobile with NMD. Fixed installations are sitting ducks. The radars are a bit more of a challenge, but those could also be mobile with a bit of design effort.