Space Arms Race Is Most Definitely On
US "concerns" over China satellite intercept test have nothing to do with keeping space weapons-free

Steve Watson
Friday, January 19, 2007

Last week, according to US officials, China managed to destroy one of its own ageing weather satellites using a medium-range ballistic missile. This has caused uproar amongst the neoconservative leadership in Washington, who are hell bent on dominating space for their own means and have previously stated that they fully intend to militarize and fight from and into space.

Any notion that the war machine in Washington has not brought this on themselves is laughable. The US has consistently carried out research on lasers that could knock out enemy satellites and the Bush administration has repeatedly ruled out the idea of a global treaty banning putting weapons in space.

There is no agreed upon set of international rules to oversee the development or ban the deployment of non-WMD space weapons, only The Outer Space Treaty (1967) Bans nuclear weapon test explosions, or any other nuclear explosion in the atmosphere or outer space, along with The Partial Test Ban Treaty (1963) and a smattering of UN resolutions over the past two decades that have called for the use of space for peaceful purposes only. Consequently, only weapons of mass destruction are banned from space, leaving the possibility for deployment of anti-satellite weapons, space-based lasers or any of the other space weapons being researched and developed.

It is now commonly known that China is developing an advanced laser weapons program, a capability that once mastered would allow them to knock out communications satellites in orbit.

China's program, however, is a direct response to the continued aggressive and isolationist US posture. The ongoing US missile defense project is a front for a move towards what is referred to as "full spectrum dominance" over the entirety of the planet Earth.

Last year President Bush signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit US flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone "hostile to US interests."

The document, the first full revision of overall space policy in 10 years, asserts that the US government has the right to conduct whatever research, development and "other activities" in space that it deems necessary for its own national interests.

"Freedom of action in space is as important to the United States as air power and sea power," the policy asserts in its introduction.

Earlier last year it was revealed that the Pentagon was seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from Congress to test and develop new space weapons.

So why is it that they find it so surprising that China would adopt the same policy in response?

The DOD has been developing weapons for space for years, often under the guise that the weapons systems are purely defensive. A little research reveals that is 180 degrees from the truth. Ballistic missile defense systems or components of the "missile defense shield" are based on science fiction and have consistently failed, leading many experts to seriously question the credibility of the program (PDF link) and ask whether it may simply be a fraudulent cover for an aggressive offensive program to weaponize space.

The motive for militarizing space has been clearly advanced in internal policy documents. Both the US SPACECOM documents Vision for 2020 (1996) and the Long Range Plan (1998) outlined a new military vision to dominate the space dimension and integrate space forces.

The Mission Statement of the Vision document demonstrates:

"US Space Command—dominating the space dimension of military operations to protect US interests and investment. Integrating Space Forces into Warfighting capabilities across the full spectrum of conflict."

There is no pretence of the spread of democracy or the betterment of humanity, the sole purpose of space domination is to enable continued military and economic superiority for the power elite in the US. This is made clear in a telling comparison: “During the rise of sea commerce, nations built navies to protect and enhance their commercial interests.”

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Furthermore any progressive ideas of addressing poverty and economic imbalance in the world are simply and swiftly dismissed:

"The globalisation of the world economy will also continue, with a widening between ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots.’...space superiority is emerging as an essential element of battlefield success and future warfare."

So when the Bush administration talks about space policy as defensive, this is just a miniscule part of the wider picture which will incorporate world wide surveillance and the ability to strike wherever and whenever instantaneously. Upon retiring in 1996, General Joseph Ashy of Space Command had this to say:

“It's politically sensitive, but it's going to happen. Some people don't want to hear this, and it sure isn't in vogue, but -- absolutely -- we're going to fight in space. We're going to fight from space and we're going to fight into space. That's why the US has development programs in directed energy and hit-to-kill mechanisms”
(Gen. Joseph Ashy, Aviation Week & Space Technology, August 5 1996, p 51)

The facts make the rhetoric even more frightening. Most of the systems currently being developed have the capability to be used as Anti-Satellite (ASAT) weapons.

This week has also seen significant steps forward for the air-borne laser system currently in development. The military has commissioned Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin to develop the system for a 747 jet under the guise of protecting commercial airliners.

The air-borne laser has the capability to fire upwards at a missile in it’s mid course phase or as it re-enters the atmosphere. While the ability to successfully intercept a missile is questionable, the system certainly has the capability to fire at a satellite for longer as it moves slower.

Other space based weapons in development include satellite kill vehicles, space based lasers, and the firing of 100kg tungsten bolts (PDF link) from space.

The fallout of the longstanding aggressive globalist space policy will be an inevitable build up of arms as China and Russia race to stay with the US. The effect of such arms build ups is a transformation of nuclear weapons from more secure tactical deterrence weapons into more aggressive, more diverse, more dangerous usable weapons. Some may argue that nuclear weapons are dangerous anyway, yet when you factor in the possibility of defenses against them the nature of those weapons changes dramatically.

When the world's superpower is willing to spend trillions on warfare, figures that could allow mankind to develop a real and peaceful space exploration program, it is not surprising to see other powerful nations adopting the same strategy. Make no mistake, an arms race in space is most definitely on.

See here for a previous more detailed infowars report on space based weapon development




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