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Exclamation Air Force Gen. Warns Russia Increasing Military Activity Near Alaska

Air Force Gen. Warns Russia Increasing Military Activity Near Alaska
By: Theodore Bunker - NewsMax News - 04-01-21

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Then-Lt. Gen. Glen VanHerck testifies during a Senate Armed Services nominations hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill July 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Air Force Gen. Glen VanHerck, the leader of U.S. Northern Command, warned this week that Russia is increasing their military activity around Alaska in an attempt "to reassert on a global stage their influence and their capabilities."

VanHerck, who is also the leader of North American Aerospace Defense Command, told senators on Wednesday at a Defense Writers Group event that "We’re back in the peer competition."

He added, "Clearly, Russia is trying to reassert on a global stage their influence and their capabilities. That’s exactly what’s going on. It’s great power competition."

VanHerck went on to say that "The difference between the past and now is the intercepts are more complex – multi-access, multi-platforms and often times they’ll enter the [air defense identification zone] and stay for hours. That would be the significant difference. But why this is ongoing? It is playing out as the peer competition that we’ve talked about."

NORAD reported in January and in March that it had identified and tracked Russian aircraft inside the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, though they did not enter the United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.

VanHerck said on Wednesday that "Within the last week or so, there's been significant activity in the Arctic," adding, "Again, I attribute that back to a competition ongoing."

"These Russian military operations include multiple flights of heavy bombers, anti-submarine aircraft, and intelligence collection platforms near Alaska. These efforts show both Russia’s military reach and how they rehearse potential strikes on our homeland. Last summer, the Russian Navy focused its annual OCEAN SHIELD exercise on the defense of Russia’s maritime approaches in the Arctic and Pacific," VanHerck said in written testimony to the panel.

"The multi-fleet exercise, intended in part to demonstrate Russia’s ability to control access to the Arctic through the Bering Strait, included amphibious landings on the Chukotka Peninsula opposite Alaska, as well as anti-submarine patrols and anti-ship cruise missile launches from within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone."

VanHerck added on Wednesday, "When I talk about my strategy, it's getting further left in our messaging and creating deterrence options. It's about giving decision space to senior leaders."

Business Insider notes that "left" here is used as a military term for before an adversary’s action.

"The fact that you can tell a competitor that you're aware of their activities and potential intent gives us the opportunity to posture forces or use strategic messaging to create a deterrence effect," he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said last month that "These combat training, research, and practical measures have demonstrated the Russian Navy's abilities and preparedness to operate in the harsh northern latitudes," and added that this work "must be continued."


Personal note: If Russia is making movements so that we are aware of it shouldn't we be doing the same - as a deterrent to this back door confrontation. Russia is flexing itself way too much of late and if we don't counter their movements or at least call their bluff we could be showing weakness in countering these aggressions. I'd come flat out and say remove your troops from our Alaska areas or we will take actions to do so! They want to see if we will react and if we don't they will continue to squeeze us into a corner where they are at advantage and we will pay the penalty if we don't show some counter-measures to get their attention and force a withdraw from this Northern territory.
We are BS'ing way too much while Russia - NK and China watch us get cornered by their design. I'd get on NATO and say he fellows we are not looking so well and could result in some very bad short comings if we don't take action!
This hasn't happened over night it's been a slow process but now is beginning to show signs that we are loosing our advantage and our cities will be within their targets.
I'm sure Canada doesn't like that encroachment and should put troops in the area's where they could do the most damage to Russian's should they press their luck.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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