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Mike Rogers: US Could Arm Allies to Contain Russia

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Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has suggested the U.S. provide countries that could be embroiled in the Crimean crisis with tools to defend themselves against Russian’s expansion efforts.

The House Intelligence Committee chairman told NBC’s “Meet the Press” he believes that economic sanctions alone will not send a tough enough message to Russia.

The U.S. and European Union announced a series of sanctions last week as Russian President Vladimir Putin moved to annex Crimea away from Ukraine.

Rogers said military aid in the form of small arms, medical supplies and radio equipment can be used by U.S. allies to “protect and defend themselves.”

“You do that (offer defensive-posture weapon systems) in conjunction with sanctions, now you’ve got something that says, ‘Mr. Putin, we’re done with you expanding into other countries,’” Rogers said.

Rogers will address a group of government contracting executives on March 9 as part of the Potomac Officers Club‘s 2014 Cyber Summit.

He will be joined by the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger and several other government leaders in a discussion with GovCon leaders about the future landscape of cyberspace.

Click here to learn more about the speakers and to save your spot at the summit.

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