Honest Question

Given all we have learned about Russian Army, Navy, and Air Force maintenance, what makes anyone think their nuclear maintenance is going to be any better?

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7 thoughts on “Honest Question”

  1. “What nukes would that be Comrade Putin?”
    Given that most of the military equipment seen in the Ukrainian battlescape has been in less than great condition, you are probably correct that they (nukes) are not in “readily workable” condition.
    Besides the oligarchs want their yachts back in time for the summer season on the Med, and hopefully will not permit even a try at a nuke toss.

  2. Yeah, well, ask yourself how many nuclear armed nations have been invaded by other nations since 1945.

    I believe that results is very close to zero. (I believe the Republic of South Africa was working on nukes, but didn’t have them prior to their giving up against the various insurgence. )

    So, the best current counter-threat Russia has against foreign invasion is their nuclear arsenal. That would protect them against the West and China. That tells me that their nuclear forces should get the tender loving care that their conventional forces did not. (And that would be due to cost. There’s a reason the US went nuke heavy in the 1950s.)

  3. Eh. Given that a 1% success rate would still result in millions of us (and all of them) dead, I’ll pass on rolling those particular dice.

  4. Uh, the Russians have had several nuclear accidents among other examples of their general slipshod attitude toward maintenance of any kind. Besides I’m getting sort of tired of being threatened by Putin.

    1. If you want to take the risk of a nuclear exchange with your family and friends, kindly find somewhere far, far away from the United States from which to do it….

  5. WOW, all the nuclear scientists are seemingly against your hypothesis…..seems as if their intelligentsia is too strong to reflect on a sincere question.
    Yes, I agree with you, and will toss you this soft ball…..”IF” they do push the button; will those rockets even leave the silos?

  6. I would say that the Russians probably do take more care with their nukes than their conventional forces and training.

    Nuclear capability is the only thing that is keeping Russia relevant as any kind of power on the world stage. If Russia’s potential adversaries knew for sure that Russia’s nukes were unreliable, not only would that make Russia irrelevant internationally, it would in the paranoid minds of the Russian leadership make Russia vulnerable to yet another invasion from the West.

    So I’d guess that if the Russian are paying any attention anywhere to equipment reliability and proper training, it’s with their nukes.

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