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Bearin’ Red Ink

March 31, 2015

For the second topic today: Russia is ambitious, too. They are said to have a new tank called the T-14 (the Armata) that, from specifications given, seems unlikely or impressive. (The link for that article isn’t working for that article. What a shock.) For an armored attack unit, it’s a bit large… and from what I can infer, mostly meant to resist infantry or partisan attack if indeed it doesn’t repel attack helicopters like the United States’ AH-64 Apache. That could mean Russia has expectation of using these vehicles where the Russian command staff expects sporadic resistance or forces without much support from enemy armor, air support, or artillery. Sounds like urban combat zones to me. You know, like when Russia invades other countries under the pretense of preemptive liberation and has cities to conquer.

And there is a rather biased indication of the Russian air force (not, as per the bias) developing a most imposing transport craft, unlike anything in current usage elsewhere. (The link for that article is not working, either. This is not an uncommon problem in my history.) Granted, this article is from the Business Insider. I think I have pointed out this is not a reliable representation for matters like this, but the fear of being able to relocate so much materiel in a short time (say, for instance, new tanks designed for urban combat) is a valid one however much those demonstrating the fear are trying to belittle the possibility. Between this and China’s actions in the South China Sea, the American intelligence community is surely uneasy.

None of this is to say, however, developing new technologies to have advantage over rival nations is anything different than what the U. S. does. We do tend to invade places more frequently than China or Russia. We should be aware of who’s making what, though. Besides, I have a related thought. All these projects cost big money, even if they are only inflated from what actually exists in classified sites. The Soviet Union lost the U. S. before for the inability to spend as much, among other reasons. Is it a wise policy for the new Russian state, in regard to the needs of its people, to use the same methodology? And is it wise for we Americans to perpetually spend ourselves into the red, in regard to the needs of the citizenry, assuring ourselves it will always work? No to both. But here we are, anyway. As we march into the future along this road, we must be carting more red ink than fuel.

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