Thursday, June 21, 2012

Russian Spies Sell China ICBM Info

Two Russian college professors were convicted of treason yesterday in a Moscow court and were each sentenced to 12 years in prison for, "selling confidential information related to Russia's latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the Bulava, to representatives of China's military intelligence." You can read more on Fox News HERE.

Why is this news scary? "The Bulava [is] designed to equip a new generation of Russian nuclear submarines."

Notwithstanding the foreboding, long-term implications for US national security, I also thought this more mundane, commercial context was also interesting. "After decades of Cold War-era rivalry, Moscow and Beijing have developed what they call a strategic partnership... China also has become a major customer for Russian weapons industries, although Russian arms exports have drained in recent years as China has sought to produce unlicensed copycat versions of Russian weapons."

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