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#8

i can’t post direct verbatim quotes from .mil sites about the militarization of space?

WF, you should be ashamed of yourself.

#7

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289

Full-spectrum dominance means the ability of U.S. forces, operating alone or with allies, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations.

http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/doctrine/genesis_and_evolution/source_materials/joint_vision_2020.pdf

The label full spectrum dominance implies
that US forces are able to conduct prompt,
sustained, and synchronized operations with
combinations of forces tailored to specific
situations and with access to and freedom to
operate in all domains – space, sea, land, air,
and information. Additionally, given the global
nature of our interests and obligations, the
United States must maintain its overseas
presence forces and the ability to rapidly
project power worldwide in order to achieve
full spectrum dominance.

http://www.afspc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070322-103.pdf

#6

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289

Full-spectrum dominance means the ability of U.S. forces, operating alone or with allies, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations.

http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/doctrine/genesis_and_evolution/source_materials/joint_vision_2020.pdf

The label full spectrum dominance implies
that US forces are able to conduct prompt,
sustained, and synchronized operations with
combinations of forces tailored to specific
situations and with access to and freedom to
operate in all domains – space, sea, land, air,
and information. Additionally, given the global
nature of our interests and obligations, the
United States must maintain its overseas
presence forces and the ability to rapidly
project power worldwide in order to achieve
full spectrum dominance.

http://www.afspc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070322-103.pdf

Global Attack is “the ability of the Air Force to
attack rapidly and persistently with a wide range of munitions
anywhere on the globe at any time.”19 These two “missions”
can and will be conducted from space in the future.

How can the space medium be further exploited to counter terrorism?

Exploiting the space medium should continue to be the aim
of the US Air Force’s space supremacy vision.

For example, the US in October 2005 voted “no” for the first time on
the annual United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution on
the need for a treaty on the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer
Space (PAROS), whereas the traditional US action for at least
the past decade has been to abstain. (The US was the only “no”
vote; Israel abstained; 160 countries voted “yes.”)18

The Chief of Staff, US Air
Force’s (CSAF’s) Title X, US
Code wargame, Global Engagement,
has showcased several
types of space capabilities
including tungsten rods (fragmentary
penetrators) launched
from space at speeds up to
Mach 17 and CAVs that will deliver these precision weapons
anywhere on the globe in less than 60 minutes.

Thanks to space, our forces are able to move faster and fight smarter and more precisely. Those are keys to success in any war, but particularly in the type of unconventional counterinsurgency operations we’re conducting in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world in the Global War on Terrorism.”12

Joan Johnson-Freese, chair of the National Security Decision Making Department at the Naval War College, wrote: “The blunt and even confrontational language of the new policy puts the United States at odds with the priorities of the other space-faring nations. … The language … is so broad that it reads more like a blanket claim to hegemony in space…”4

In a speech given in February 1957, the late General Bernard
A. Schriever, USAF, retired, clearly gave his vision on the
future of space and space superiority. He said, “Our safety as
a nation may depend upon our achieving ‘space superiority.’
Several decades from now the important battles may not be sea
battles or air battles, but space battles …”38

Space warfare is on the horizon.

Another concept with momentum is exploiting “near-space,”
which is the atmosphere between 65,000 and 325,000 feet.24
For example, Raytheon Corporation is working on concepts involving
short duration (hours or less), medium duration (hours
to weeks), and long duration (weeks to months) type space
platforms. Such platforms include unmanned aerial vehicles,
airships, steerable balloons, and static balloons.25

Another possible option is deploying a small space vehicle
that could disperse weapons while traveling at 20 times the
speed of sound.11 These types of hypervelocity weapons are
not meant to be “offensive” in space. Their intent is to strike
targets on the ground, in the air, on the seas, and so forth.

The key is to not allow the terrorists to get to the point that
they could inflict severe and catastrophic destruction on the
space segment(s).

To further examine the prospect that space will become a
battlefield in the future and how using space can counter terrorism,
one must examine how a number of the US Air Force’s
distinctive capabilities relate to space power and their use in
countering terrorism.

Conducting counter terrorism operations from space and with
space-based assets is a logical step, one that will become even
more compelling in the future.

Through the years, our domestic/national space policies progressed
from promoting space for scientific purposes through
the controversial Space Defense Initiative of the Reagan administration
to the 1996 Clinton administration policy that is
being updated by the Bush administration. This new national
space policy, “is expected to give a green light to the already
articulated by DoD and US Air Force strategy to fight ‘in, from,
and through space,’ turning upside down some 40 years of US
policy and practice that put a priority on the peaceful uses of
space.”33 It is in step with the current Bush administration’s
policy of “preempting” aggressors before they can inflict harm
against the US or coalition forces.

The medium of outer space is
becoming a significantly more complicated operating environment.
There is a clear trend toward challenges to the freedom of
space. This trend is evidenced by the increasing prevalence of
foreign efforts to interfere with satellite operations. For example,… Read More
Iraq jammed US satellite positioning, navigation, and timing
signals in 2002, Libya and Iran interfered with international
communications satellite transmissions in 2005, and China apparently
lased a US imaging reconnaissance satellite in 2006.4
After China’s successful test of a direct ascent anti-satellite
(ASAT) weapon in January 2007,5 there should be no failure of
imagination in foreseeing threats to US interests in space.

#5

But America has rejected the desire by 160 other countries to have United Nations talks about banning an arms race in space, an extravagantly unilateral approach whose appeal you might have thought would have been tarnished by its experience in Iraq.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/bronwen_maddox/article605583.ece

#4

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/bronwen_maddox/article605583.ece

But America has rejected the desire by 160 other countries to have United Nations talks about banning an arms race in space, an extravagantly unilateral approach whose appeal you might have thought would have been tarnished by its experience in Iraq.

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289

Full-spectrum dominance means the ability of U.S. forces, operating alone or with allies, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations.

http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/doctrine/genesis_and_evolution/source_materials/joint_vision_2020.pdf

http://www.afspc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070322-103.pdf

Global Attack is “the ability of the Air Force to
attack rapidly and persistently with a wide range of munitions
anywhere on the globe at any time.”19

Exploiting the space medium should continue to be the aim
of the US Air Force’s space supremacy vision.

#3

Excerpts from the “High Frontier” journal for space and missile professionals found on the Air Force Space Command’s official website: (do a Ctrl+F search to see I’m not making this up)

http://www.afspc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070322-103.pdf

How can the space medium be further exploited to counter terrorism?
which are familiar to its international interlocutors. For
example, the US in October 2005 voted “no” for the first time on
the annual United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution on
the need for a treaty on the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer
Space (PAROS), whereas the traditional US action for at least
the past decade has been to abstain. (The US was the only “no”
vote; Israel abstained; 160 countries voted “yes.”)18
The Chief of Staff, US Air
Force’s (CSAF’s) Title X, US
Code wargame, Global Engagement,
has showcased several
types of space capabilities
including tungsten rods (fragmentary
penetrators) launched
from space at speeds up to
Mach 17 and CAVs that will deliver these precision weapons
anywhere on the globe in less than 60 minutes.
Global Attack is “the ability of the Air Force to
attack rapidly and persistently with a wide range of munitions
anywhere on the globe at any time.”19

Exploiting the space medium should continue to be the aim
of the US Air Force’s space supremacy vision.
Thanks to space, our forces are able to move faster and fight smarter and more precisely. Those are keys to success in any war, but particularly in the type of unconventional counterinsurgency operations we’re conducting in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world in the Global War on Terrorism.”12
Joan Johnson-Freese, chair of the National Security Decision Making Department at the Naval War College, wrote: “The blunt and even confrontational language of the new policy puts the United States at odds with the priorities of the other space-faring nations. … The language … is so broad that it reads more like a blanket claim to hegemony in space…”4
In a speech given in February 1957, the late General Bernard
A. Schriever, USAF, retired, clearly gave his vision on the
future of space and space superiority. He said, “Our safety as
a nation may depend upon our achieving ‘space superiority.’
Several decades from now the important battles may not be sea
battles or air battles, but space battles …”38

Space warfare is on the horizon.

***

The US Department of Defense on “Joint Vision 2020”:

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=45289

Full-spectrum dominance means the ability of U.S. forces, operating alone or with allies, to defeat any adversary and control any situation across the range of military operations.

***

The official “Joint Vision 2020” doctrine:

http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/doctrine/genesis_and_evolution/source_materials/joint_vision_2020.pdf

The label full spectrum dominance implies
that US forces are able to conduct prompt,
sustained, and synchronized operations with
combinations of forces tailored to specific
situations and with access to and freedom to
operate in all domains – space, sea, land, air,
and information. Additionally, given the global
nature of our interests and obligations, the
United States must maintain its overseas
presence forces and the ability to rapidly
project power worldwide in order to achieve
full spectrum dominance.

#2

It looks like when the world economy collapses the US will strike to keep the people who own the means to produce weaponry safe.

#1

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