- Posted June 28, 2014 by
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Russian Navy to Receive 50 New Vessels by End of 2014
This information come amidst a time of increasing aggression by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Although Moscow enjoys trumpeting news of its expanding military might and its increasing defense spending, savvy Kremlin watchers say that the true breadth of Moscow’s military spending is actually far greater than what the Russians reveal.
“[T]he budget put forth by the Duma’s defense committee cannot accurately reflect either the real cost of Russia’s growing expenditures on nuclear and conventional forces or the real size of deficits being run up to finance increased military spending,” Langley’s Intelligence Group wrote after Russia announced its defense budget last year.
Inaccurate defense spending data from Moscow is nothing new. The true military budget of the Soviet Union during the Cold War was a state secret, and so is Russia’s military budget today. The difference is that today’s leaders of America believe the Duma’s figures, and make foreign policy based on them.
Those who believe the Duma’s propaganda believe Russia only spends about one 10th of what the United States is shelling out for defense, so they call American spending grossly excessive and work to reduce it. Langley Intelligence addressed this, saying the Duma figures are “transparently false to the point of absurdity, since the Russian armed forces outnumber those of the United States in every category and are embarked on ambitious modernization programs, while the U.S. military is cutting its budget.”
Despite security agreements with Ukraine, U.S. policymakers have shown themselves unwilling to take a meaningful stand against Russian expansionism. But the situation in Europe is different. A growing number of European leaders are concerned about Russia’s rise, and see the need to prepare to counter it.