as part of the process of submission of the budget request for fiscal year 2021, the Pentagon published a map that marked areas where Russia and China are increasing the intensity of its Maritime operations, as well as the location of a major undersea communications cables. Perhaps this map, which the U.S. government has published to date, after several years of warnings about what threats these marine patrols — the first Russian submarines — have for American national interests, contains the most detailed information on this issue.
last week we reported that, according to one senior officer of the U.S. Navy, the “outing” of Russian submarines became such a serious problem that the U.S. Navy can no longer call East coast of the country “undeniable” and no longer can treat it as a guaranteed “safe Harbor” in case of crisis.
the Pentagon has published this map with the relevant notes, in his review report on 134 pages, which was annexed to the budget request for the 2012 fiscal year. This map appears in the section devoted to new and emerging security threats, primarily threats from these “rivals in the opposition of major powers” like Russia and China. Obviously, the administration trump did not include any such cards in the documents that have been attached to budget requests for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 fiscal years.
“We continue to see a growing emphasis on the marine system over the past two decades the scale of Maritime traffic has increased four times. 90% of all globally produced goods are transported by sea, and today in the North appear butnew trade routes — described in this document. — Almost the entire Internet and trade in trillions of dollars today depend on a virtually unprotected network of underwater cables.”
“overall, this saltwater system is now being used more intensively, experiencing more of the load and is subject to more intense competition than ever before,” reads the document.
Although this map does not indicate which period of time it covers and what ships were in specific places and when it confirms the very significant activity of the ships of the Russian Navy off the southeastern coast of the United States, as well as in the North Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean over the past few years. The map also reflects large-scale operation in the Arctic region, which is gradually acquiring greater strategic importance.
According to this map, the Russian military ships also follow the transit routes in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. There is one main route between the waters off the coast of Portugal and Spain to the South-Eastern coast of the United States and the Caribbean, held, not surprisingly, around Cuba, as well as routes from the North Atlantic to the Northern coast of South America between the Gulf of Guinea in Africa and North-Eastern part of Brazil.
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“Our opponents in the global arena continue to build up their naval forces, to widen the area of their operations and cooperation with each other, — stated in the review report, which was annexed to the budget request. We need to protect much more from the growing power of marine opponents that will challenge our economic security and our way of life in General.”
This just released by the Pentagon, the map gives us the opportunity to look closely at the magnitude of the challenges that the future will only increase.
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