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National Security and Counterspace Capabilities

Posted February 08, 2011 9:29 AM by Steve Melito

"The investment China is putting in counterspace capabilities is a matter of concern to us," explained U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Gregory Schulte. "There are more competitors, more countries that are launching satellites ... and we increasingly have to worry about countries developing counterspace capabilities that can be used against the peaceful use of space," he added.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced a ten-year National Security Space Strategy to address space-based threats not just from China, but also from North Korea and Iran – and Ethiopia. That African nation may be best known for a tragic famine during the 1980s, but its space program has jammed a commercial satellite. China remains a greater concern, however, since its military destroyed one of that nation's own satellites during a January 2007 test.

The new National Security Space Strategy provides few details to the press or public, but is designed to make the U.S. what Schulte calls "more resilient". Mutual defense treaties and international agreements regarding "norms of behavior" may complement increased spending on R&D. As Schulte's boss, DoD Secretary Robert Gates explained, the new strategy provides "a basis to update defense plans and programs and make the hard choices that will be required to implement the strategy."

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that some of those "hard choices" will be budgetary. How can the DoD get the most bang for its buck here?

Source: Global Security Newswire

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02/09/2011 1:00 AM

The space and deep sea should come under UN. Without UN's permission no nation should be allowed to explore them. Dumping dangerous or nuclear waste should be banned. Instead those countries should bury in their own country in safe,secret underground concrete chambers.

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02/09/2011 3:20 AM

The UN is basically goofier than a goose in heat, so I would be reluctant to put much of anything under its jurisdiction, including exploration of space and sea. However, I agree with banning foreign dumping of dangerous wastes, while wondering how best to enforce that. It seems that individual countries could legislate such bans.

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02/09/2011 6:36 AM

I would have thought that the US of A would have it's own counterspace program years ago, and still has the capability today, if not then they are dafter then I thought!

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02/09/2011 11:19 AM

It's always easier to destroy than create. This is why certain types of people like destruction so much. "Why should I build a beautiful glass house when it's easier to throw a hand-full of rocks at somebody else's?"

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Re: National Security and Counterspace Capabilities

02/11/2011 11:27 AM

Hi Moose,

During close to 4 decades we hear that Russians and other communists will attack and invade us. We created businesses around the story and make rich many but never happened nothing, except the collapse of the communism. Now, we have Ossama Be Laden, and it's coming the spying satellites. When we stop to create fear in the general population?

What's the next? Can I think about me? I want, Gil.

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