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WASHINGTON – Russia’s decision to resume nuclear missile-equipped submarine patrols in southern seas following a 20-year lapse could exploit the lack of a viable U.S. missile defense against attacks from the vicinity of the South Pole, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The plan to place submarines in the southern seas will enable the Russians to increase their own deterrence as well.
“The revival of nuclear submarine patrols will allow us to fulfill the tasks of strategic deterrence not only across the North Pole but also the South Pole,” according to a Russian General Staff announcement.
The submarines – which can carry 16 long-range nuclear missiles – can take advantage of a lack of U.S. defenses against missiles coming over the South Pole.
Most U.S. anti-ballistic missile Aegis defense systems are located primarily in a northerly position to defend against missile attacks to the West Coast.
Former Ambassador Henry Cooper, who once headed the Strategic Defense Initiative under President Ronald Reagan, has been warning in a series of recent statements of a south polar vulnerability, especially from a North Korean long-range missile attack.
“Our missile defense of the U.S. homeland is primarily deployed against a ‘front-door’ attack over the North Pole,” Cooper said. “It is critically and urgently important to assure that such a back-door attack cannot be carried out by North Korea, or in the future, Iran.”
Although North Korea is an inferior military force, it could launch a missile attack over the South Pole, orbit a nuclear bomb to an altitude of some 150 to 300 miles and detonate it to create an electromagnetic pulse that would cripple, if not knock out, the U.S. national electrical grid system.
The same would apply to the Russians with their nuclear-missile submarines.
The Russians, like the North Koreans, are well aware of the effects of an EMP attack over the U.S.
In the past, Soviet lawmakers have told U.S. legislators that if Moscow wanted to cripple the U.S., it would explode a high-altitude nuclear device high over the U.S., creating an EMP effect.
In addition, Russia, with its submarines, is able to troll the waters off the U.S. East, West and Gulf coasts, placing the submarines at a closer range to fire a missile without warning.
U.S. defenses would be unable to stop an attack in time, since all Russian submarines, including its new generation Borei-class which will form the undersea portion of the Russian fleet from 2020 on, run silently, making detection difficult, if not impossible.
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