June 1, 2016

A THREAT ONLY TO THEMSELVES:

How serious is Russia's military threat? (The Week, May 29, 2016)

Even the top Pentagon brass -- who are using Putin's buildup to argue for greater funding -- don't believe American military supremacy is in jeopardy. The U.S. still spends nearly seven times more on defense (about $600 billion) than Russia ($84 billion), and has 19 aircraft carriers to Russia's one. And NATO has four times Russia's military power. Under treaties signed by recent presidents, including George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the two sides have approximate nuclear parity, but the U.S. has hundreds of nondeployed warheads in storage, and Russia does not. 

Posted by at June 1, 2016 4:11 PM

  

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