Location: Pantego, Texas, United States

Monday, September 21, 2009

Yesterday I wrote that Russia was not going to deploy the Iskander missile next to Poland after Obama dropped the land based missile shield in Poland. Now a Russian general says that is not necessarily true. My guess is that they will desist because deploying the missiles now would be a threatening move toward Poland. But Russians are not subtle, so you never know. Iskander is a mobile missile system, so they could be rapidly moved anywhere, so this is an academic discussion anyway. This article indicates that Obama plans to deploy ships with the advanced SM-3 missiles, rather than deploying them on land as I previously thought. That seems like a pretty expensive way to go to me, and it limits where the sensor system can be deployed. This is just for show, it doesn't have much strategic value.


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