by Michel E. Salla, PhD
Aloha all, here is more evidence that
the push to weaponize space is on. Seen from a purely
conventional military perspective, this is consistent with the U.S.
military’s objective of ‘full spectrum’ dominance and responding to
‘asymmetric’ threats as outlined in its Quadrennial Defense Review:
However, when considered from the perspective of visiting
extraterrestrials, we can see Space Weapons as having much
more significance in terms of targeting extraterrestrials.
This is where it is legitimate to push for such decisions to be
openly debated on their merits rather than being decided secretly,
and kept from a public in deep denial about extraterrestrials and
the low intensity conflict that is underway.
I touch on these issues in my recent Nexus Journal article
//www.exopolitics.org/Study-Paper-10-Nexus.pdf ; and
these will be discussed in depth by Paul Hellyer, myself and
others at the forthcoming ET Civilizations and World Peace
eyeing weapons in space
millions to test new technologies
by Bryan Bender
Globe Staff | March 14, 2006
WASHINGTON—The Pentagon is asking Congress for hundreds of
millions of dollars to test weapons in space, marking the biggest
step toward creating a space battlefield since President Reagan’s
long-defunct “star wars” project during the Cold War, according to
federal budget documents.
The Defense Department’s budget proposal for the fiscal year
beginning Oct. 1 includes money for a variety of tests on offensive
and defensive weapons, including a missile launched at a small
satellite in orbit, testing a small space vehicle that could
disperse weapons while traveling at 20 times the speed of sound, and
determining whether high-powered ground-based lasers can effectively
destroy enemy satellites.
The military says that its aerospace technology, which has advanced
exponentially during the last two decades, is worth the nine-figure
investment because it will have civilian applications as well, such
as refueling or retrieving disabled satellites. But arms-control
specialists fear the tests will push the military closer to basing
weapons in space than during Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative
in the mid-1980s—without a public debate of the potential
“Some of these things are going to be put up and tested and that is
where you have the potential to cross the line” into creating actual
space-based weapons systems, said Theresa Hitchens, director
of the Center for Defense Information in Washington and
coauthor of a new analysis on space weapons spending.
Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control
Association, warned that any US move to position weapons in space,
“will lead countries to pursue
countermeasures. Before we cross that threshold, the United
States should explore with other countries some guidelines or
limits on what is deployed in space.”
The big-budget projects are spread
across the Defense Department, but most are under the purview of the
Missile Defense Agency, which oversees the development of a national
missile shield, a system heavily dependent on space-based hardware.
The shield could also be used to destroy those missiles or strike
back at the adversaries who fired them.
The descriptions included in the budget request mark only what is
publicly known about the military’s space warfare plans. Specialists
believe the classified portion of the $439 billion budget, blacked
out for national security reasons, almost certainly includes other
Rick Lehner, an agency spokesman, said there are no plans to
base weapons in space, noting that out of $48 billion planned for
missile defense over the next five years, just $570 million will
fund space-related activities.
“We just want to do some
experiments” on weapons technology in space, he said.
Under President Bush, the White
House has emphasized what’s known as “space dominance”—the notion
that the United States must command space to defend the nation, a
strategy that gained traction under Reagan. The military already has
reconnaissance and communications satellites, but the Pentagon says
weapons systems in space can protect commercial satellites as well.
In 2004, the Air Force published a paper outlining a long-term
vision for space weapons, including an air-launched anti-satellite
missile, a ground-based laser aimed at low-earth orbit satellites,
and a “hypervelocity” weapon that could strike targets from space.
The paper stated that it is essential for the United States to deny
its adversaries strategic access to space; success “will require
[the] full spectrum, sea, air, and space-based offensive
counter-space systems” that the military can muster. The Pentagon
has always examined space as a possible battleground, but the budget
request marks a transition from laboratory theory to reality. And
the Bush administration has sought to keep the military’s options
open despite international opposition to weapons in space.
Indeed, for the first time ever, the United States voted last fall
to block a UN resolution calling for a ban on weapons in space. In
the past, the US delegation abstained from voting on similar
“There is a very strong desire among most states to get a
negotiation going,” said Peggy Mason, Canada’s former UN
ambassador for disarmament. But the UN Conference on Disarmament
operates according to consensus and the United States has stymied
talks on the issue, Mason said.
Arms-control advocates believe the space projects in the defense
budget, which is under congressional review, explains the
According to a joint analysis by defense specialists at the Henry
L. Stimson Center and the Center for Defense Information,
several of these space programs, if brought to fruition, will create
“facts in orbit”—weapons in space before a public debate is
One $207 million project by the Missile Defense Agency features
experiments on micro-satellites, including using one as a target for
missiles. This experiment “is particularly troublesome,” according
to the joint report, “as it would be a de-facto antisatellite test.”
The defense budget doesn’t have a timetable for that test, but a
Missile Defense Agency spokesman said the test is merely
intended to study the missile during flight.
In another program, called Advanced Weapons Technology, the
Air Force wants to spend $51 million for a series of space-oriented
experiments, according to budget documents. A project description
says the Air Force would test a variety of powerful laser beams “for
applications including antisatellite weapons.”
A Missile Defense Agency project set to begin in 2008, the
Space-Based Interceptor Test Bed, would launch up to five
satellites capable of shooting down missiles, according to budget
“A space layer helps protect the
United States and our allies against asymmetric threats designed
to exploit coverage and engagement gaps in our terrestrial
defenses,” the agency says in its budget proposal, referring to
the interceptor test. “We believe that a mix of terrestrial and
space-basing offers the most effective global defense against
The agency also has asked Congress for
$220 million for “Multiple Kill Vehicles,” a program that
experts say could be proposed as a space-based missile interceptor.
Meanwhile, the Air Force wants $33 million for the Hypersonic
Technology Vehicle, envisioned as space vehicle capable of
delivering a military payload anywhere on earth within an hour,
according to an official project description.
Philip Coyle, who served as the Pentagon’s top weapons tester
from 1994 to 2001, said in an interview that he sees “new emphasis
on space weapons” even though “there is no threat in space to
justify a new arms race in space.”
“US missile defense is the first
wave in which the United States could introduce attack weapons
in space, that is, weapons with strike capability,” he said.
“Once you’ve got space-based interceptors up there, they can
just as well be used for offense as defense."