The Pentagon, sidetracked with the new task of focusing on climate change as an “immediate threat” (see Grumpy Editor, Oct. 20), somehow is coping with rocket engines used by U.S. military --- that are made in Russia, observes Grumpy Editor.
This has escaped the attention of major U.S. media that, before staff cutting, used to employ military (or defense) editors/columnists who kept their eyes open to expose such developments. (The Pentagon also has been involved in reducing U.S. military ranks and the number of active ships and aircraft, while Russia and China are boosting military forces and equipment.)
“Reliance on these Russian engines is offensive and a threat to our national security,” emphasized David A. Deptula in an op-ed piece Friday in The Wall Street Journal.
Deptula, a retired Air Force three-star general and former Air Force chief of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, declared, “The Pentagon is still injecting millions of dollars into the Russian military industrial complex.”
He pointed out that the U.S. Air Force paid $50 million for two new RD-180 rocket engines produced by NPO Energomash, a Russian company with about 5,500 workers.
Deptula mentioned, “For years the U.S. military’s use of Russian rocket engines has enriched a corrupt Russian government at the expense of U.S. taxpayers and helped finance Russia’s advances in missile technology.” He added, “The U.S. military’s dependence on Russia for launches has long been an uncomfortable reality.”
The former Air Force general cited a recent report for the Pentagon that indicated Russian-made engines are slated to be used in 56 percent of U.S. national-security launches in the next six years.
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