Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NORAD Commander: Russian Bombers Are Becoming More Aggressive Near US Territory

US Air Force F-22 Raptor escorting a Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bomber in 2011. US Air Force Photo

USNI News: WEST: NORAD Head Says Russia Increasing Arctic Long Range Air Patrols

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – While Russian military aircraft have stepped up their activity everywhere from the North Sea to the Baltic to the Black Sea in the last year they have also been spotted more frequently closer to the U.S. territory in the Arctic, the head of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) told USNI News on Tuesday.

WNU Editor: “Aggressive in the amount of flights, not aggressive in how they fly.” .... what the hell does that mean? So instead of a few flights they have a few more .... and that is aggressive? And at the bottom of this story .... Gortney said despite the increased uptick in flights, the Russians are abiding by international aviation norms .... in short .... they are doing nothing wrong. This is a non-story .... Navy Adm. Bill Gortney took command of NORAD only two months ago .... I guess he now wants some attention.

But where everyone should be focused on is this story .... Russian Defense Minister to Visit Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua This Week (Sputnik). He is coming to the Americas to sign agreements for the following ....

.... sales of weaponry, construction of naval maintenance and resupply facilities, as well as the occasional use of local airbases for landing of Russian strategic bombers on global patrol missions.

Now NATO Chief Bill Gortney has something to be concerned about.

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