While arms races and space tensions may sound like the 1960s, they’re becoming commonplace problems today.
In particular, an arms race in space with China, the US and Russia competing against each other and something resembling a space war has heated up over the past few months.
An American general remarked at the Halifax International Security Forum last month that threats from space are indeed increasing.
“Threats are really evolving and expanding every day. And that’s really a development of activity that’s been going on for a long time… We’re really at a point where there are so many ways that our cosmic system could be threatened,” said Generals. David Thompson, first deputy director of the Space Operations Space Force, told a Washington Post columnist.
Some of these types of threats have made headlines in the past few months, like Russia and China demonstrate their space technology.
In November, Russia flexed its muscles and destroyed an old Soviet satellite with an anti-satellite missile, like BBC reported. This becomes especially problematic when debris from the destroyed satellite eventually re-enters the orbit of the International Space Station. Russia has been criticized by the US and UK for its “dangerous and irresponsible” actions “showing complete disregard for the security, safety and sustainability of space”.
China is also flaunting its space weapons technology.
This past summer, China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic vehicle in space. They put it on a rocket, flew it through low-orbit space to circle the globe, and then struck within about twenty miles of its target, like Arms Control Association reported.
Thompson confirmed that the Space Force is responding to attacks on US government satellites “once a day”. Fortunately, these are what he calls “reversible attacks,” meaning they don’t permanently damage satellites – at least for now.
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“Both China and Russia are regularly attacking US satellites with non-kinetic means, including lasers, radio frequency jammers, and calls,” Thompson said, according to the Washington Post. network attack.
Russia and China has long worried about America’s advanced weapons and space technology.
In 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin even suggested that the leading space powers (Russia, the US and China) should agree to ban the “garbage” of weapons in space and “threat or use force” against any space object, RAND Corporation reported.
The sort of suggestion to avoid the militarization of space is nothing new. Russia made similar throws back 1980s, when they wanted a conference to talk about banning “the testing and deployment of offensive space weapons.”
“Both countries [Russia and China] shared a desire to limit America’s technological prowess in developing advanced space capabilities, particularly those that could be applied to anti-missile or anti-satellite operations,” RAND reported.
However, Russia and China are showing that they are catching up with their technology. The ongoing and ongoing tests are a signal to the US
Even back in 2019, Russia began to show the US that it was gaining the ability to threaten us in the spatial when it deployed a satellite uncomfortably close to America’s “national security satellite,” and then conducted a weapons test.
“It’s moving close, it’s moving dangerously, it’s moving menacingly so they’re getting close enough to be concerned about a collision. It’s clear that the Russians are sending us a message,” Thompson told the Post.
But he also pointed out that China is indeed ahead of Russia.
“The Chinese are really far ahead [of Russia]. They are perfecting systems that work at an incredible rate,” said Thompson.
So it turns out that former President Donald Trump’s creation of the US Space Force is actually quite poignant, as the space wars are heating up.
At that time, many people criticized trumpetestablishing a new military branch because it was too costly. The new branch asks for $15.4 billion for 2021, taken from the Air Force budget, Federal news network reported.
But Trump deserves credit for knowing that weaponization in space will become a growing problem.
“Space is the newest field of war in the world. In the midst of serious threats to our national security, America’s primacy in space is absolutely vital. And we are leading, but we are not leading enough. But in the short term, we will be leading a lot,” Trump said back in 2019, like NPR reported.
So fortunately for the US, our military can continue to develop technology to counter any Russian and Chinese space threats.
“We are still the best team in the world, obviously in terms of ability. They’re catching up quickly,” Thompson told the Post. “We should be concerned by the end of the decade if we don’t adapt.”
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