posted on Feb, 22 2011 @ 06:04 PM
Hi everyone! I'll apologize now if this is already being talked about on another thread, but couldn't find anything on it, so I'm starting this
one! Ran across this article today when I came home from work.
Basically the US military figures its satellites need protection from enemies and could be weaponized. There is quite a few interesting quotes in
this article that are kind of puzzling to me tho. I think underneath some of statements made by Chilton, there may be something else or maybe some
other enemy he is referring too. Here are a few examples.
A new military strategy for space, as mapped out by the Pentagon, calls for greater co-operation with other nations on space-based programs to improve
the ability to deter enemies.
It's prudent to anticipate that, at this point, we will not go into a future conflict with a sophisticated adversary and not expect to be challenged
in the space domain," Chilton told The Associated Press in an interview. "We need to be thinking about how we would go into future conflicts and
make sure that we un-level [that] battlefield in our favour.
The strategy offers little detail about offensive operations in space. But defence officials say that China, Iran and others have demonstrated their
abilities to take action in space.
The problem I have with this story is this.
1. The US and Russia have been going to space for how long now? 50 or 60 years? Although they've had their differences in the past and the odd heat
up towards war, they have always for the most part worked side by side. Each side helping out the other. How is it the US can share the ISS with all
these nations, and figure they need to weaponize space to protect against these same nations? They mention China and Iran as possible enemies, but
come on really now! If they were really that worried about it, they could take out anyone's satellites in a heart beat. And Iran, well.....gimme a
2. I think this whole fear mongering about Russia is ridiculous. It's being used so they can have a reason to weaponize space. My question to this
is: Is there some other enemy "out there" that they are preparing for? The Russians and the Americans. I know it may sound far-fetched, but who
really knows right? There is so much weird stuff going on nowadays, it's difficult to really know what's going on up there. With NASA focusing on
interplanetary missions now, ISS missions will be flown by the Russians. Private companies will be offering space tourism, but really, what are they
gonna look at?? A bunch of armed satellites pointed at everyone? And a bunch of space junk they got to dodge to get up there?
This all sounds very hokey pokey to me, so what do you guys think? Is there something going on here we need to be paying attention to?