Our own U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers helped make it happen.
Turns out that Russia wanted to build its own version of the U.S. Global Positioning System. Our GPS is the satellite navigation system that provides valuable weather information to any person or nation with a GPS receiver. It also has tremendous commercial and military value.
It is no surprise that Russia wants one of its own. Nor is it particularly surprising that Russia wanted to put some of its system’s monitoring stations on American soil.
What was surprising, especially to the Defense Department and the CIA, was that the Obama administration, in an effort to shore up relations with the Putin regime, was seriously considering the idea.
Just how far along this plan would have gone in the light of opposition from the intelligence community is not clear.
What is clear is that Rep. Rogers got wind of it and, from his position as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee on Strategic Forces, began working to block the proposal. It worked.
Recently, he introduced legislation to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act that would limit the administration’s ability to allow the Russians to build and operate the monitoring stations. The legislation passed the House by a bipartisan vote, and at this writing it is on its way to the Senate, where it is also expected to pass.
Yes, the Cold War is over, but as we recently learned when the National Security Agency files were leaked, espionage is ongoing. The United States is spying on Russia and surely Russia is spying on us.
Thank you, Rep. Rogers, for not making it easier for them.