DogofWar1 Posted October 23, 2022 Share Posted October 23, 2022 When the USSR fell apart, Russia's military spending dropped down to nothing for a year basically, then rebounded slowly but is still far below Soviet levels. That being said, their military had to decide what to fund and they chose strategic forces first, and then re: the rest, decided to go the route of a smaller efficient expeditionary force. If you imagine the Russian military as a food pyramid, the strategic forces (nukes and delivery systems) are the breads/pasta base of the pyramid. The Soviets already had a tough time keeping up with the US in terms of air and naval power, and Russia, with an economy that California by itself gives a run for its money, even has fallen behind on land forces (as we've seen). There is speculation that corruption or disrepair may have overtaken some of Russia's nukes. It's *possible* but is one hell of a gamble. Even if 10% of their nukes work, that's roughly 600 nukes, and generally it's expected that about 50% of their strategic nukes are aimed at the US (if not a higher %). That means if even 10% of their nukes work and they aim 50% at the US that's 300 nukes hitting the US (and another 300ish hitting Europe). The proper assumption needs to be that the nukes work, and that we should NEVER test that theory. 3 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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