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4/16/2014 - Stand By Me

Dear Members and Friends, 

In reaction to the Ukraine crisis, the United States deployed the U.S. Navy Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Ship Donald Cook (DDG 75) into the Black Sea which borders Russia, Ukraine and Crimea on April 10. The Donald Cook Aegis BMD Destroyer's current deployment is an integral part of President Obama's European Phased Adaptive Approach, which began phase one operations in 2013 for the protection and defense of Europe from ballistic missile threats. 

 The U.S. Navy Aegis BMD destroyers selected to perform this mission have the world's best air and missile defense mobile platforms both in sensors and interceptors. These systems protect their ship first and foremost, but they also project air and missile defense within their extended range as well as remotely engage their defensive interceptor systems outside of their range. 

This is the concept of phase one of the EPAA to defend Europe - to use existing land based sensors in the Middle East to queue and track to engage incoming missile threats outside of the Aegis BMD ships' sensor range while on patrol in the seas around Europe. These U.S. Navy Aegis BMD ships assigned to this mission over the past year have done a remarkable job in their efforts off the coast of Syria where missiles are being launched. They are also providing Israel with its first active upper tier layer defense from any long or medium range missile threats. These U.S. ships will continue to play an increasing pivotal role in the protection of Europe in Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the EPAA where four of the U.S. Aegis BMD Ships will be permanently stationed in Rota, Spain.

This past Saturday, April 12, Russia disrespected international norms and reverted back to Cold War tactics by sending a Su-24 fighter jet on repeated, close range passes over the USS Donald Cook to intimidate and influence this U.S. military force while it was in international waters in the Black Sea. With another Russian fighter flying high overhead, the aircraft passed a dozen times, intruding on the Cook's defensive space, coming as close as 1,000 meters. Great credit goes to the unsung leadership, resolve and patience that was demonstrated by the Captain of the Donald Cook in the protection of his 300 men and women on the ship and for the ship itself during this high stress situation. The United States through the USS Donald Cook has not backed down from its commitment to the defense of Europe nor from exercising its rights of freedom of passage in international waters. It did not waver nor did it provoke, it stood its ground and was for the better of mankind for not engaging.

It is of concern, however, that with the current situation in Ukraine, this single ship in its NATO mission in international waters of the Black Sea within bordering NATO countries did not have adequate NATO air cover to dissuade the aggressive intimidation of the Russian Air Force upon this ship. It gives a perception that the decision to put the U.S. Aegis BMD Ship in the Black Sea on April 10th to show NATO resolve was not thought all the way through. It is clear that Russia took advantage of this opportunity to escalate and further increase their influence upon NATO and overall sway in the region at large.

The critical NATO mission of defending all the members of the alliance and Europe from ballistic missile threats unifies and shows resolve. This mission is primarily based on the U.S. Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, and its sea mobile Aegis BMD ships that will require the freedom of passage in international waters in the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea that border the southern and southeastern flanks of Europe. The Aegis BMD ships on this mission need to operate in pairs or more with Allied NATO naval ships from France, Spain, the United Kingdom and others that have existing ship based air defense capability to protect and defend each other. The United States simply cannot do this mission alone in operations, resources and capability.

NATO countries have to step up and increase their support with resources for operations and capability. The United States and NATO cannot afford to back away and be intimidated by archaic Russian cold war tactics that will continue to increase until they are put in check by the community they live in. Russia will continue to take advantage of the current U.S. and NATO policy environment of de-escalation to further its own national security objectives and agenda.

This is a team game and when you deal with a playground bully, you cannot back down and must have the courage to stand up and take the first punch with the confidence and belief that you can stop the bullying with your teammates united by your side.

Respectfully, 

Riki Ellison 


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5/28/2003 Nevada testimonials in support of Senate Joint Resolution 7
5/21/2003 North Korean threats
5/15/2003 When regimes change, weapons remain
5/7/2003 The enemies of freedom are not idle..
4/30/2003 We've got nukes. We can't dismantle them.
4/9/2003 A system that does not kill people
4/2/2003 The grimmest day this nation has ever seen
3/27/2003 Last week, Congress discussed missile defense in hearings