Russian Federation demands U.S. send proof of election interference

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Tensions between Russian Federation and the USA have increased over the past several years.

But simply deploying large numbers of warheads can be enough: Kill vehicles may not work 50% of the time, based on prior testing, and they're a technology that's been in development for decades.

China's foot is now on the trade artery to US allies in the Pacific, North and South America, in open defiance of worldwide law.

Vladimir Putin devoted over a third of his annual state-of-the-nation speech to revealing a series of new weapons - both nuclear and conventional - he said Russian Federation is developing that will render USA missile defenses "ineffective".

Russian Federation is far ahead in modernizing its strategic missiles, bombers, and submarines.

"A very threatening weapon" that can strike over the North or South Pole and evade anti-missile systems.

Critics warn that new systems encourage competitors to develop more sophisticated weaponry, are pricey and have dubious effectiveness.

The U.S. nuclear deterrent comprises antique delivery systems and warheads built over 30 years ago, long past original design life, requiring continual patching and fix.

Putin had unveiled a new Russian strategic arsenal that he said was bound to make Washington stop looking down on Moscow. The bipartisan consensus that sustained USA nuclear arms racing and modernization, and that ultimately contributed to US victory in the Cold War, is now "gone with the wind". His comments were accompanied by a video showing Russian nuclear weapons headed for Florida, where Trump often spends weekends and vacations at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

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Powered by nuclear energy and launched from submarines that can hit aircraft carriers and coastal cities with conventional or nuclear warheads across intercontinental distances.

Russian Federation has been widely accused of using cyberattacks as one of several tools to sow discord and interfere in elections in the West, including the 2016 USA presidential election.

What is to be done? According to Fortune, Trump has spent almost 56 days there since he became president.

Nader, 58, made frequent trips to the White House during the early months of the Trump administration, meeting with Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner to discuss U.S. policy toward the Persian Gulf states in advance of Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia in May 2017, according to people familiar with the meetings, the Times reported.

In fact, the Trump Administration plans to expand an Obama-era nuclear weapons modernization program.

In particular, the Russian government is more willing to use "cyber proxies" like hackers and criminal groups that operate outside of the government, said Paulo Shakarian, the CEO of the cybersecurity threat intelligence firm CYR3CON.

One area for improvement is infrastructure to test the weapons, Walker said.

The Pentagon's high-tech office will more aggressively pursue so-called hypersonic missiles as Russian Federation and China make advances in that area, the office's director said Thursday.

Americans have always regarded nuclear weapons, which they equate with Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), as repugnant.

In a functioning democratic republic, argued West, the executive branch decisions and procedures and corruption that led to this defense cataclysm would actually alarm security officials, lawmakers, and even arouse media curiosity, if nothing else.

Today, there are still about 15,000 nuclear weapons deployed, in storage, or awaiting dismantlement, with more than 90% held by the U.S. and Russian Federation. However, given the global dimensions of Skolkovo's technology transfer program, it is not clear how much leverage USA industry has. Over 30 years, the effort could cost United States taxpayers more than $1.7 trillion and introduce smaller "tactical" nuclear weapons that experts fear might make the use of nukes common.