The Obama Administration is courting Moscow in hopes of developing collaborative missile warning systems
U.S.-Russian discussions on potential collaborative mechanisms to warn of impending missile attacks could prove "very, very positive," President Obama's nominee to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
The Obama administration has reportedly courted Moscow's interest in establishing two jointly operated sites--one to cooperatively examine and assess radar and other monitoring data, and another for the development of military responses to various missile threats--in a bid to win Moscow's support for a unified European antimissile framework. The missile-shield plan, adopted formally at a 2010 summit in Lisbon, Portugal, would enhance and connect individual NATO member states' missile operations while augmenting those defenses with increasingly advanced land- and sea-based missile interceptors fielded by the United States.
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While Washington and other NATO governments have maintained the system is intended to counter an emerging Iranian missile threat, Russia has worried the scheme would undermine the credibility of its own strategic deterrent. The Kremlin's proposal to operate a unified system in which Russia and NATO would have responsibility to defend specific geographic areas has gained little traction with the alliance. Brussels instead prefers two distinct but cooperative operations.