October 2016 – WASHINGTON – Germany’s Foreign Minister – Frank-Walter Steinmeier – wrote earlier this month that tension between the US and Russia is worse than during the Cold War: It’s a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous. The head of Britain’s intelligence service, MI6 – Sir John Sawyers – agreed yesterday:
We are moving into an era that is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, as the cold war because we do not have that focus on a strategic relationship between Moscow and Washington. This is even more dramatic when you realize that the U.S. and Soviets came within seconds of all-out nuclear war on numerous occasions during the Cold War. And only the courage of U.S. and Soviet individuals to say no when their superiors told them to fire nuclear weapons – in the face of mistaken readings – saved the planet from nuclear war.
And many experts warn that we’re drifting towards nuclear war today. Indeed, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry said in February: The likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War. –Washington Blog
How did we get to this? In 2010, President Barack Obama said he was resetting relations with Russia and now at the end of his second term the U.S. is staring at the daunting prospects of a nuclear conflict.
It’s not a new Cold War. It’s not even a deep chill. It’s an outright conflict.US-Russia relations have deteriorated sharply amid a barrage of accusations and disagreements, raising the stakes on issues ranging from the countries’ competing military operations in Syria, disputes over Eastern European independence and escalating cyber breaches. “This is a conflict, there should be no doubt,” said Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, on the US-Russia confrontation. –CNN
Russian 3rd generation doomsday plane rushed into production: The new third-generation airborne command post is based on a modified Ilyushin Il-96-400 wide-body aircraft. It should be noted that late in 2015 the Russian military has already received a second-generation ‘doomsday plane’ based on an Ilyushin Il-80 aircraft. Igor Korotchenko, military analyst and editor-in-chief of the National Defense magazine, told Sputnik that the ‘doomsday plane’ is designed to provide command and control of Russian military and strategic nuclear forces in case of a major conflict or even a full-scale invasion of Russia.
He further explained that the aircraft essentially balances out the command and control system as the Russian General Staff and National Defense Control Center also have a number of mobile underground and airborne command centers. “It ensures the inevitability of a nuclear retaliatory strike in case any country uses its nuclear weapons against Russia. Basically, this airborne command post ensures that no attack against our country goes unpunished. Any state that may threaten the safety or territorial integrity of the Russian Federation, that may launch a war or a sudden attack, would face retaliation,” Korotchenko said. Flying aboard the ‘doomsday plane’ at the altitude of about 10-12 kilometers, Russia’s Defense Minister, for example, has the capabilities to command all branches of the Russian military, including the strategic nuclear forces, assuming that he has the appropriate presidential sanction, the analyst added. “This (aircraft) is a full-fledged command post that allows coordinating the actions of ground forces and navy during both conventional and nuclear war,” Korotchenko concluded. –Sputnik
One more troubling omen of impending war? It is unclear why Russia would suddenly ramp up production of these airborne “command and control centers,” which are designed to allow top brass to lead war efforts from a safe place up in the sky. However, defense chiefs are likely to worry the boosting of the fleet is linked to fears of a war between nuclear-armed NATO and Russia. Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of National Defense magazine, told Sputnik News: “It ensures the inevitability of a nuclear retaliatory strike in case any country uses its nuclear weapons against Russia. –Sun Filed August 2, 2016