On the 50th anniversary of America's wake-up call to the Soviet missile threat, we wondered: Is the U.S. once again asleep as Russia rearms? Our next surprise might be more than a beeping sphere.
On Oct. 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite into orbit. Sputnik was just a 184-pound sphere emitting a radio signal. But it changed the perceived balance of power and may have elected a president.
Our next leader may be faced with another new crisis by a new Russia armed with state-of-the-art weaponry and ambitions reflected in its recent planting of a flag on the Arctic floor to buzzing the U.S. with a revamped strategic bomber fleet. Will we be surprised again as we were 50 years ago?
In May, Russia announced the successful test of a new intercontinental missile with multiple maneuverable warheads designed to get past our missile defenses. This is not your father's Sputnik, and Moscow has more goodies in the pipeline.
- Investor's Business Daily