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No Red Button for the Russkies

4:01 PM, Apr 15, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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In addition, we maintain serious concerns about reports that the Administration may provide Russia with access to sensitive satellite data and U.S. hit-to-kill missile defense technology.  As you know, the Russian Federation has a significant track record of recent espionage against the United States, and evidence suggests Russia has not halted its support for nuclear infrastructure or sophisticated arms programs of states such as Iran and Syria.  We therefore ask for your written assurances that your Administration will not provide Russia with any access to sensitive U.S. data, including early warning, detection, tracking, targeting, and telemetry data, sensors or common operational picture data, or American hit-to-kill missile defense technology.

Finally, Russia continues to protest the planned deployment of U.S. missile defenses in Europe, especially phases 3 and 4 of the Phased Adaptive Approach, which would defend the United States and NATO against an attack by ICBM’s. You have previously stated to the Senate, in a December 18th letter, that you will go forward with this deployment “[r]egardless of Russia’s actions.”  

This should remain your policy and the Administration should make clear in every engagement with Russia that it will have no say in the location, capability or timing of U.S. missile defense deployments with a NATO military alliance.  We trust this includes the location of interceptors in Europe, including in Romania and Poland, and missile defense radars, whether in Turkey, the Republic of Georgia, or another location that is most advantageous for the defense of the American people.  

We urge your Administration to share with Congress the materials on U.S. missile defense cooperation that have been provided to Russia, which heretofore the Departments of State and Defense have refused to provide.  

Thank you for your attention and response to these critical matters of national security.

Sincerely,

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