The U.S. Military Has Been Quietly Prepping for a “Space War” with Asia

The Air Force Thunderbirds fly over Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado

 

An elite squad of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has been quietly preparing for a possible war with Asia.

This war wouldn’t be fought on land, sea, or even in the air.

It would take place in space.

You see, many of America’s most vital – and vulnerable – military targets aren’t cities or bases; they’re GPS satellites. And their protection has become a priority for the USAF.

“Our job is to provide that global unblinking eye to be able to detect and warn against those threats and be able to provide that to the decision makers,” four-star U.S. Gen. Jay Raymond, the military’s top space commander, told CBS News Tuesday morning (Oct. 24).

According to CBS News, the eight-person USAF squad operates out of a remote base in rural Colorado. All day, every day, they watch worldwide missile launch “hot spots” in order to alert the U.S. government and its allies about tests being carried out or planned.

Despite the apparent vulnerability of our satellites, the Air Force seems quite assured of its own capabilities to launch an effective defense…

When asked how confident he was that the U.S. military’s “global unblinking eye” will never shut, Gen. Raymond told CBS News this morning, “it doesn’t blink. It’s always open.”

Russia and China

There are actually 10 nations worldwide that have the capability of launching a missile into outer space toward a target (such as a satellite). And yesterday, CBS News reported that our biggest adversaries in that arena are Russia and China.

We’ve already seen what both countries can do…

In 2007, for example, Beijing launched an anti-satellite missile that destroyed a Chinese “dummy” target in space and created more than 3,000 dangerous fragments’ worth of space detritus in the process.

To date, the Red Dragon has now conducted a total of eight such tests – each one meant to display its ever-evolving marksmanship and technological aerospace advancements to the world (though Beijing would never actually admit that).

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And then there’s Russia – America’s longest, most notorious “Space Race” rival.

In 2015, Moscow carried out three missile tests of its own, each one designed to destroy satellites orbiting Earth’s atmosphere, much like the projectiles launched by China eight years prior.

Moscow may not have the same bragging rights as Beijing with regard to its various launches, but each one of Moscow’s missile tests has sent its own implicit message…

Look, we can shoot down targets in space, too.

(By the way, the United States was the first nation to ever shoot down a satellite target in space… in 1989.)

What’s most frightening about China and Russia‘s advancements over time, however, is America’s increased dependence on the very targets they’re preparing to strike – satellites.

How a Satellite Attack Would Affect the United States

Our everyday lives in the United States depend heavily on the U.S. military’s GPS satellites currently circumnavigating Earth. There are between 24 and 30 such satellites in orbit right now, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Initially, these GPS satellites were built for use in Desert Storm some 25 years ago to ensure U.S. armed forces’ communication.

But since their creation and subsequent implementation, they’ve slowly become integrated into virtually every aspect of our daily routines.

When we deposit money at the bank, the GPS satellites are transferring data in a matter of milliseconds between financial institutions.

When we turn on the faucet, the satellites are there, tracking our utility providers’ administrative meta-data.

These GPS targets are even crucial to modern-day agriculture – farmers use their spatial GPS data to decide on crop rotation and pesticide application.

Even the stock market depends on these satellites…

Every aspect of the varied indexes rely on the satellites’ GPS systems to “time-stamp” stock trades, Peter Singer, a senior fellow at non-partisan think tank New America, explained to Business Insider on July 18.

So, imagine if China or Russia – now well capable of knocking one of those 24 to 30 satellites out of orbit like a cardboard duck – actually manages to get past the USAF one day.

 

Full article: The U.S. Military Has Been Quietly Prepping for a “Space War” with Asia (MoneyMorning)

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