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    Re: Russia and US renew nuclear talks

    All of our proxy wars ended in disaster. If a state aligned with Russia or China launches a nuke against a state aligned with the US/NATO, you'd better believe there will be retaliation. This could easily escalate. See my previous post.
    I reckon we'd be in a lot of **** right now had Georgia been in NATO at the time the Ruskies took back Ossetia.
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    Re: Russia and US renew nuclear talks

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    Where did you the idea that the Russians have/will have a qualitative advantage over the US?
    As far as ICBM's go, the US is using old Minuteman III's and has no plans to replace them. Russia has started developing the RS-24, which is much more capable than the Minuteman. The US currently has a major advantage in the area of blue water navies and SLBM's such as the Trident II, but here too Russia and China are working diligently to catch up with and eventually overtake the US. The real wildcard here is China as we have no idea how many warheads they possess. As far as I know, this has not been factored into Obama's equation.
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    Re: Russia and US renew nuclear talks

    Quote Originally Posted by BulletWounD View Post
    As far as ICBM's go, the US is using old Minuteman III's and has no plans to replace them. Russia has started developing the RS-24, which is much more capable than the Minuteman. The US currently has a major advantage in the area of blue water navies and SLBM's such as the Trident II, but here too Russia and China are working diligently to catch up with and eventually overtake the US.
    And so, how does this qualitative advantage manifest itself?

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    Re: Russia and US renew nuclear talks

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    And so, how does this qualitative advantage manifest itself?
    Higher accuracy, advanced decoys, radar absorbent materials, improved solid state electronics, more capable warheads....

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    Re: Russia and US renew nuclear talks

    Quote Originally Posted by BulletWounD View Post
    Higher accuracy, advanced decoys, radar absorbent materials, improved solid state electronics, more capable warheads....
    So, your this is based on the idea that the US will not replace its current boosters, and that the new Russian boosters will be significantly better than the current US boosters.

    Neither of these things are a given.

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    Re: Russia and US renew nuclear talks

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    So, your this is based on the idea that the US will not replace its current boosters, and that the new Russian boosters will be significantly better than the current US boosters.

    Neither of these things are a given.
    Let's hope not. The US has been de-MIRVing their missiles since the START II agreement which turned the Peacekeeper missile into a huge waste of money. Russia has bailed out of START II and plans to MIRV their missiles in light of the fact that the US is deploying it's NMD program, which as I have explained is vital to national security and the security of the world at large.

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