Russia Prepares For Nuclear War
Jane's Defence Weekly
December 16, 1995
(Vol. 24; No. 25; Pg. 5)
Russia 'is still preparing for war with USA'
By Barbara Starr
Preparation for nuclear war with the USA appears to remain a high
Russian priority, according to statements by US intelligence community
officials recently made public.
One sign is a new Russian underground command and control centre,
known as Kosvinskiy Mountain, that has been built in the Urals. It is
"one of the main new elements" of the Russian underground nuclear
command and control architecture that has emerged since the Soviet
Union dissolved, US Navy Adm William Studeman, then Acting Director of
Central Intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier
The statements were in reply to SASC questions following public
hearings in January. The answers and parts of the classified closed
hearing that followed the public session, were released recently.
"While some of this construction appears to be the continuation of
programmes started long before the break-up, it still appears to be
high-priority to correct perceived vulnerabilities in their nuclear
command and control system," said Adm Studeman.
"Preparedness for nuclear conflict with the United States - not
withstanding the end of the Cold War - remains a resource allocation
Lt Gen James Clapper, who was Director of the Defense Intelligence
Agency during the hearing, told the committee the bunker facility
"will be a new part of Russia's multi-billion dollar effort" to
modernize its nuclear infrastructure.
The Russians appear to be seeking to improve their ability to absorb a
nuclear strike, reducing their incentives for early nuclear use.