The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming
The latest issue of
Time reports that the Russians are fielding more spies in the U. S. than ever since the end of the Cold War.
According to the article the numbers are approaching Cold War levels as Russia is anxious to learn about advances in technology, military hardware, dual-use technology, and U.S. intentions and policies towards the former Soviet States and China. Russia is expecially said to be concerned about developments in U.S. missile defense technology as this would render their nuclear arsenal useless. Now why would Russia feel they need to worry about the U.S. missile defense technology unless Putin feels he needs the threat of a first strike to keep the U.S. in line? This sounds awfully much like the Cold War all over again. Looks like Putin didn't learn the lesson the first time around.
In addition to raising the alarm about the increase in Russian spying the FBI, which has remade itself into a counterterrorism agency, is spending less resources on domestic counterintelligence. Looks like it's time to get out the old "Spy/Counter-Spy" handbook again.