Friday, January 19, 2007

Weaponizing Space

So it begins… (finally)

The weaponizing of space has officially started.

As reported by CNN:

“A Chinese Feng Yun 1C (FY-1C) polar orbit weather satellite launched in 1999 was attacked by an asat (anti-satellite) system launched from or near the Xichang Space Center.”

The satellite was complete destroyed into “hundreds of pieces of debris” was in low earth orbit.

“Low Earth-orbit satellites have become indispensable for U.S. military communications, GPS navigation for smart bombs and troops, and for real-time surveillance. The Chinese test highlights the satellites' vulnerability.”

This development is very interesting in many different ways.

I have long said that weaponizing space will be the next great race. It is not only inevitable given that land, sea, and air are already weaponized, but it also is needed for future technological advancement, very similar to the atomic bomb and the iron clad. If the movie “Independence Day” actually happened, we should have stuff up there to shoot those bastards down.

  • American unilateralism backfires again: By changing its space policy by claming “a right to ‘freedom of action in space’ and says it will ‘deter others from either impeding those rights or developing capabilities intended to do so’” the US has given China the unbelievable open door into legitimizing its space weapons development. I guess its just another thing that has come back and bite the Bush Administration in its ass at the expense of the American people.
  • In the midst of the expanding global economic market in which China, Europe and the US are enjoying, there is still much tension and distrust in military matters and issues of national defense (offence). No matter how the economies are becoming more integrated and interdependent, nothing matters when national interest is at stake.
  • China has sent a message…and has showed their big balls while doing so. While spending less than 1/20 of the US defense budget, with this 1 successful attack on a satellite, China has successfully struck worry and even maybe fear in the heart of the US Defense community. China doesn't need comparable satellites that cost billions of dollars… it just needs missiles that can shoot down the billion dollar satellites that are only millions of dollars. Cost savings at its best…not to mention it’s making the front page of many of the world’s papers.
  • The democrats are pissed! I worked for Sherrold Brown in the 2004 election campaign in northeast Ohio to support John Kerry. Even though I know him personally and can say with all certainty that he is a great, honorable and capable American, the freshman Senator from Ohio is going to have a field day with this with support of the protectionist, pro-labor side of the Democratic Party. The democrats need to look strong to their constituents on national defense and this is the perfect forum for that. I wonder what bills or resolutions will be passed on this issue.

I can’t wait to see how this situation develops. There are a lot of things that could happen and change. However, my prediction is that other than lots of political posturing and media hype, as well as specials on the Chinese military capabilities on CNN, the economic relations for trade and investment will stay the same. Everything is too integrated to be hampered by a little missile. Just look at how the war between Hamas and Israel, earlier this year, affected the stock market. After the initial decline, the Dow went on steroids and reached an all time high. No missile is going to stop that.

1 comment:

RoseCovered Glasses said...

USA Today reported on 16 January 2007 in its Washington Section that the CIA plans to utilize more open sources and blogs in its intelligence work and outsource more of its intelligence software development to commercial contractors in an attempt to re-establish itself as the premiere world intelligence agency.

The "Strategic Intent" is posted on the CIA public web site. Defense Industry Daily further reports that General Electric is gobbling up Smith's Industries for $4.8B.

I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak. Let's look at this for a moment and do our patriotic duty by reading along with the CIA (after all, they have announced they are reading this blog)

1. The new CIA approach comes exactly at the formation of the agency’s new "External Advisory Board", which consists of the following:

* A former Pentagon Chairman of the Joints Chief who is now a Northrop Grumman Corporation Board Member

* A deposed Chairman of the Board of Hewlett Packard Corporation (HP)

* A Former Deputy Secretary of Defense who now heads up a Washington think tank with Henry Kissinger

2. Northrop Grumman Corporation and Hewlett Packard are two huge government contractors in the Pentagon and CIA custom software development arena. Their combined contracts with the government just for IT are in the multiples of millions. I wonder what the advisory board is filling the CIA's ear with?

3. Washington "Think Tanks" are fronts for big time lobbies, sophisticated in their operations, claiming non-partisanship, but tremendously influential on K Street. If a lobby cannot buy its way in, why not sit on the advisory board?

4. GE already has the military aircraft jet engine market. In buying Smith's, it takes one more major defense corporation out of the opposition and further reduces the government's leverage through competition. GE now joins the other monoliths such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon with tremendous leverage in the $500B +++ per year defense market.

5. Note the synergy that now exists between the Pentagon and the CIA. Note the influence by the major corporations.

6. Also note the balance in your bank account and your aspirations for the generations of the future. Both are going down.

7. The huge Military Industrial Complex (MIC) continues to march. Taxes and national debt will be forced to march straight up the wall to support it. Do you have any "Intelligence” to offer the Pentagon, the CIA and the MIC? For further inspiration please see: