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06-16-2015 04:37 PM  3 years agoPost 1
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Air Force may send F-22s to Europe over Russia 'threat'

The U.S. Air Force could be sending some of its most advanced warplanes to Europe in a show of force against Russian actions in Ukraine and elsewhere around the continent, the service's top civilian said Monday.

"The biggest threat on my mind is what's happening with Russia and the activities of Russia," Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James said during a visit to the Paris Air Show. "It's extremely worrisome on what's going on in the Ukraine."

James' remarks were reported by Military.com, Breaking Defense and other websites.

For months, the Pentagon has been rotating aircraft through Europe for exercises with allies under Operation Atlantic Resolve, which it calls "America's commitment to European security."

Participating in those exercises and rotations have been B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15Cs and A-10 attack planes as well as Army and Navy assets.

James said the F-22 Raptor, the Pentagon's premier fighter, could join that list.

"I could easily see the day -- though I couldn't tell you the day exactly -- when the F-22, for example, rotates in is a possibility. I don't see why that couldn't happen in the future," James said, according to Military.com.

The stealthy F-22s, which became operational in 2005 but only saw their first combat in attacks on ISIS positions in Syria late last year, can be configured to attack other aircraft or bomb ground targets.

"The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft," says the Air Force's fact sheet for the Raptor, which costs about $143 million each. That would include what Russia currently puts in the air.Russian reaction to James' remarks came through state-sponsored media Sputnik International.

One posting on the Sputnik website called any threat from Russia "fictional." Another said Moscow would make moves of its own if the F-22s were deployed.

"Their deployment will certainly be an additional impetus for Moscow to speed up the process of developing and putting on service the Russian response, the fifth-generation T-50 fighter," Sputnik quoted Vladimir Batyuk, from the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as saying.

U.S. and Russian forces have had several close calls around Europe since Russian forces took Crimea from the Ukraine in 2014 and supported rebels in other areas of the former Soviet bloc state.

Late last month, a Russian fighter jet, flying at high speed, came within 10 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea, U.S. officials told CNN.

That close call came weeks after another incident between the U.S. and Russia over the skies of Europe, when a U.S. RC-135U flying a routine route in international airspace was intercepted by a Russian Su-27 Flanker in what authorities called an "unsafe and unprofessional manner."

And earlier this month, the U.S. Navy took the unusual step of releasing video of Russian Su-24 aircraft flying past the right side of the guided missile destroyer USS Ross in the Black Sea.

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06-16-2015 05:44 PM  3 years agoPost 2
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Esco. Only the President can authorize the use of nuclear weapons. Think he's the type? I don't. He's the last guy looking for a fight.

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06-16-2015 06:18 PM  3 years agoPost 3
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You talking Obama or Putin ?

If it's Putin why you think he ill not attack us,?
How many time have those guys threat to use their Nuke?
You know that all they have and I think Putin is ready to
To end the world's he just mention this a few months ago.

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06-16-2015 07:04 PM  3 years agoPost 4
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Just have your buddy Obama tell him to be nice...you know, now that he has more flexibility and all.

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06-16-2015 07:10 PM  3 years agoPost 5
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Flexibility? Yeah allows one to bend their body into all sorts of positions to get scroood.

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06-18-2015 12:59 PM  3 years agoPost 6
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It getting hotter now
Washington (CNN)The war of words between America and Russia is escalating. So, too, is the movement of implements of war -- from U.S. fighter jets to Russian nuclear weapons.

So is an actual war imminent?

No one in Russia, NATO or the United States has gone that far yet. Still, the rhetoric and actions from both sides have definitely ratcheted up in recent days, raising concerns of a new arms race -- if not worse -- amid tensions both sides blame on each other.

The major players all claim their movements are defensive and necessary responses to their foe's provocation. None has talked of an invasion.

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Still, that's not what some experts are worried about. They say a bigger fear is what things can happen, accidentally, when you have increasingly powerful military forces lined up so close to each other.

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Part of it has to do with the unpredictable nature of other actors, like Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine who may broaden their own conflicts by inadvertently or purposefully striking others. The biggest such example may be the 2014 shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines commercial plane over Ukraine by rebels.

Then there's the danger that something goes wrong as powerful militaries become more aggressive, as when a Russian fighter jet recently came within 10 feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea.

"Given the tempo of Russian military operations over the last year," said Steven Pifer of the Washington-based Brookings Institution think tank and a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, "you have more interactions, more possibilities for things to go wrong."

Military tit for tat

There's no doubt that the military tit-for-tat has picked up this week.

The U.S. Navy is among those participating in a NATO landing exercise in Sweden. Around the same time, U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James announced that it could be sending some of its most advanced warplanes to Europe in a show of force.

Already, the Pentagon has rotated B-2 and B-52 bombers, F-15Cs and A-10 attack planes as well as Army and Navy assets through Europe for exercises with allies under what's called Operation Atlantic Resolve. James said the F-22 Raptor, the Pentagon's premier fighter, could soon join them.

This is all in addition to previous U.S. military actions in support of Ukraine and several Baltic countries, some of whom fear Russian President Putin -- either directly or indirectly -- will come after them next.

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