High Seas: A Game of Chicken


Snooping on each other is standard operating procedure for both the Russian and U.S. navies. The Russians scoop up garbage dumped from U.S. warships in search of intelligence clues, use trawlers loaded with electronic equipment off Guam and in the Tonkin Gulf to monitor movements of U.S. warplanes and warn their friends in Viet Nam of their approach. The U.S., on the other hand, routinely buzzes Russian cargo ships on the way to Viet Nam for a customs inspection of sorts, tracks Russian submarines in the Mediterranean and elsewhere until they pop to the surface. Last week, however,...

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