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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 02:47am Mar 6, 2002 EST (#232
RU | State Plans Defense Holdings
The government plans to consolidate producers of
high-precision weapons and armored vehicles into two large
holdings this year as part of the defense industry's
restructuring, a top defense official said Tuesday.
"Both the government and defense enterprise leaders understand
that in order to survive in the current environment, we have to
unite and integrate," said Alexander Nozdrachyov, general director
of the Russian Conventional Arms Agency, after a daylong meeting
of the agency.
The planned high-precision weapons holding will be based
around the state-owned Priborostroyeniye Design Bureau in Tula,
bringing under its roof defense enterprises from Kovrov and
Izhevsk, Nozdrachyov said.
- 02:51am Mar 6, 2002 EST (#233
'Arrogant' U.S. Comes Under Fire at Forum
A symposium with former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl as a
guest of honor was supposed to assess Russia and Germany's place
in a post-Sept. 11 world.
But participants quickly realized that they could not define
the roles without first figuring out where the United States fits
in -- and the discussion, amid talk of the "arrogance of power,"
turned into a heated debate over whether Washington was acting as
a global police officer.
"I'm afraid that the U.S. will launch a unilateral attack on
Iraq and that its action will be imperfect and a war will start,"
said Sergei Karaganov, head of the Council of Foreign and Defense
- 03:05am Mar 6, 2002 EST (#234
MOSCOW (AP) -- Top officials from 11 countries that touch the
Baltic Sea gathered in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on
Tuesday to discuss cooperation and European Union expansion.
This week's meeting in Svetlogorsk is part of the Council of
Baltic Sea States, which includes Russia, Germany, Poland, Norway,
Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
EU officials were also attending. European Commissioner for
External Relations Chris Patten and Prime Minister Mikhail
Kasyanov were expected to hold talks at the meeting Wednesday.
Alignment towards EU BLOCK !
- 03:50am Mar 6, 2002 EST (#235
The old 'take' on the Moscow Apartment bombings
- 08:30am Mar 6, 2002 EST (#236
Thanks for your distinguished and graceful response. manjumicha2001
You're profoundly right when you say that
" . . . "fiction" often serves as the basis for
national "vision" of the prior, current and future regimes
(whether they are despotic or not). AT the same time, however, the
fictional ideology of a regime is often sustained and reinforced
by the harsh and unavoidable realities of the nation or people
(which is host to any particular regime and its "fictional"
ideologies). They often do contront very real and cruel threat to
We ought to be able to arrange things between nations so that
threats to national existence, and other challenges too, are limited
to cases where there are compelling reasons for the threats and
challenges that cannot be changed. Murder and threats of murder
ought not to be casual, inadvertent, or subject to
misinterpretations likely to produce instabilities. And we ought to
be sure that communication, feedback, and proportions between
responses minimize carnage, risk of carnage, and costs associated
with the immobilization of positions that preparations for fighting
Sometimes fights are necessary, but it is good to avoid
ones that are, at one or several levels, avoidable mistakes.
You've asked some questions about interdiction, and I've been
thinking hard about how to respond, in a way that would be
stabilizing, and helpful according to the kind of scorekeeping I
think we're lkely to agree about, and would serve the US national
interest whether it was read by the N. Koreans or not.
By any reasonable scorekeeping, we need to turn away from some of
the horrors of the Cold War, and effectively reduce -- very much
reduce -- weapons of mass destruction -- and very much reduce the
probability of their being used. By anyone.
- 08:39am Mar 6, 2002 EST (#237
Looks to me like The Moscow Times is doing very competent,
sharp wwww-h writing. Crisp, professional looking news stories.
Writing like that, especially if the reporting is as solid and
unbiased as the writing looks to be on the surface, is a force for
stability, good decisions, and peace.
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