Weak U.S. Policy Towards Russia is Responsible for Stregthening Putin’s Tsarist Ambitions

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With Thomas Marino, Ilan Berman, Dan Coats, Bill Gertz, Fred Fleitz

Congressman TOM MARINO (PA-10):

  • Steps the US should have taken against Russia and Putin’s tsarist ambitions
  • Importance of protecting the US grid technology
  • The internet’s potential to be used as a weapon, and the national security implications of turning it over to the international community
  • Arguments for why a strong NATO and an international military squad to defend US interests are needed

ILAN BERMAN, Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council:

  • Russia’s soft power
  • Assessing the probability of a change in Russian strategy to gain back some of the post-Soviet satellites
  • The truth behind Iranian President Rouhani’s moderate background

Senator DAN COATS:

  • US policy towards Russia
  • American over-dependence on Russia for space travel, and what the consequences could be if Russia does restrict American access to the International Space Station
  • NSA’s failure to win the public debate over data collection because of misrepresentations about the program; difficulty in finding a balance between American privacy and intelligence needs
  • Why surrendering the internet to the international community as planned would be a “terrible mistake”
BILL GERTZ, Washington Free Beacon:
  • New Russian hypersonic nuclear missile system
  • Under estimating China’s nuclear arsenal build up
  • Chinese Russian Naval cooperation
  • Chinese cyber warfare capability and U.S. response

FRED FLEITZ, senior fellow at the Center for Security Policy:

  • Interpreting the newly passed USA Freedom Act in the House, which reigns in the NSA phone data collection program: how will phone companies be compelled to store the data and respond to NSA requests?
  • Evolution of the USA Freedom Act, and how it is meant to be a compromise between the polarized views on data collection
  • Update on the Iranian nuclear talks: the likelihood that Iran will be allowed to keep a heavy water reactor capable of producing plutonium
  • Chinese cyber-espionage, and the US’s treatment of such an act of war as a legal matter