Russia names potential targets of Zircon missiles in U.S. territory

unian | February 24, 2019

Russia names potential targets of Zircon missiles in U.S. territory
Russian media report that five military decision-making centers in the United States can become targets of Russian Zircon missiles if Moscow sees a threat coming from Washington. Among such targets on the U.S. East Coast are the Pentagon HQ in Washington, which houses the highest command and control structures of the Armed Forces and the Chiefs of Staff Committee; Camp David, the government command post; Fort Ritchie, Maryland, the command post of the American President and the command center for the Chiefs of Staff Committee. Among the targets on the West Coast is McClellan (California), a site where strategic offensive forces are managed, and Jim Creek (Washington), hosting a nuclear command and control center, according to RIA Novosti.

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The federal government spent more than 75 percent of the total amount budgeted for information technology (IT) for fiscal year 2015 on operations and maintenance (O&M) investments. Specifically, 5,233 of the government’s approximately 7,000 IT investments are spending all of their funds on O&M activities. Such spending has increased over the past 7 fiscal years, which has resulted in a $7.3 billion decline from fiscal years 2010 to 2017 in development, modernization, and enhancement activities. Many IT O&M investments in GAO’s review were identified as moderate to high risk by agency CIOs and agencies did not consistently perform required analysis of these at-risk investments. Until agencies fully review their at-risk investments, the government’s oversight of such investments will be limited and its spending could be wasteful.

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