by Brett Tingley February 20, 2018 (mysteriousuniverse.org)
• If a war ever broke out involving the United States, Russia and China, the first thing everyone would do is to knock out the other side’s communications and military satellites, thus making ‘space… the pivotal battlefield in the next global conflict’.
• According to a report by the Director of National Intelligence and presented to congressional intelligence and armed forces committees, Russia and China are only a few years away from having operational anti-satellite technology designed to reduce the advantages of the American military. ‘Military reforms in both [Russia and China] in the past few years indicate an increased focus on establishing operational forces designed to integrate attacks against space systems and services with military operations’, says the report.
• While both the Chinese and Russian governments publicly claim that space should be a peaceful domain, they’ve both been training their military personnel in the operation of anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons and other military types of “experimental” and “killer” satellites”. The United States, of course, has also been doing some shadowy aerospace stuff and secret testing in orbit.
• Does strange stuff falling from the skies and mysterious booms mean that there is already a space war going on over our heads? Does the advancement of space-age technology make a space war inevitable? The report states that “the risk of… interstate conflict… among great powers is higher than at any time since the end of the Cold War.” Space Wars, here we come.
Space is beginning to become more accessible to humankind. Naturally, the military wants to start fighting wars up there. Really, though, if you think about the timelines of the development of automobiles, aircraft, and atomic bombs relative to their use in war, it’s a wonder that there hasn’t been a war in space yet. I guess the near-unbelievable price tags of any space-borne technology still hold back the superpowers from going CRASH BANG BOOM with all their shiny new space toys – for now, at least.
Thanks to James Bond villain-in-the-making Elon Musk and the Chinese rocket scientists who are no doubt furiously plagiarizing his technology (yeah, they really do that), those price tags are sure to come down in the near future. What does that mean for us? Get ready for war in space, folks. It’s gonna be weird – and deadly.
For now, most of the space weaponry involves disarming, destroying, or hijacking enemy satellites. Giant death lasers are on the way though, don’t worry. Satellites are what give battlefield advantage to modern militaries, providing GPS and communications networks, surveillance capabilities, and probably even some seriously crazy space-based firepower we don’t even know about yet. Those satellites are relied upon by military forces during conflicts, making them prime targets for adversaries. According to a new report published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Russia and China are only a few years away from having operational anti-satellite technology designed to reduce the advantages of the American military. The report also states that “the risk of interstate conflict, including among great powers, is higher than at any time since the end of the Cold War.” Space Wars, here we come.
This new report was published by the intelligence community and presented to congressional intelligence and armed forces committees. In the view of intelligence analysts, the United States’ closest rivals for world hegemony are fast at work preparing for space to be the pivotal battlefield in the next global conflict: If a future conflict were to occur involving Russia or China, either country would justify attacks against US and allied satellites as necessary to offset any perceived US military advantage derived from military, civil, or commercial space systems. Military reforms in both countries in the past few years indicate an increased focus on establishing operational forces designed to integrate attacks against space systems and services with military operations in other domains.
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