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US Mulls Response to Chinese ASAT Assets

Ever since China's demonstration of its ASAT capabilities, the US military establishment in general and the Pentagon in Particular, have been in scrambling to find a response. The threat does not end there – it has been assessed that China has even more advanced ASAT solutions, that have not been tested yet.

Gates has considered this threat to be a significant problem and has been quoted on the significance of this:

"The importance of maintaining unfettered access to space was reinforced earlier this year when China successfully tested an anti-satellite weapon... This test and other developments show our own near Earth satellites are vulnerable and need to be protected... It is through space that our troops and our leadership monitor the battlefield and communicate with each other. Therefore, it is space we must protect, especially as we expand its use..."

The central problem is today's US military is highly dependent on its space assets. Without them the US military will be at a huge disadvantage. Much of today's US military edge is dependent on US space assets. If US satellites get shot down and communication is in disarray, (including all the massive data-linking), this could in essence spell the end of the US empire, as we know it.

The extent of the effect on the US military establishment is a good indicator of the impact this has. The problem has been approached from an all hands strategy thus far, with proposed response measures including space assets being weaponized to counter such weapons, to (USAF proposition) a solution of better intelligence to warn of ASAT launches, followed by bombing strikes to take out the missiles. Such insane sounding responses are being discussed in all seriousness, it seems almost that at some level, a bunch of people are losing their nerve.

Not so the Air Force General Kevin Chilton, a former astronaut, thinks that a “balanced” approach needs to be thought out. Chilton says that “Too often, there is a tendency to overly focus on just one element”, with the solution being a “three-sided” issue involving satellites, ground stations and links to war fighters. He goes on to say that “Just because there is an attack on a satellite doesn’t mean you necessarily need a space-based response.”

The emergence of the ASAT problem has also created other challenges. For example, the path of an anti-orbiter missile can cross the areas of responsibility of multiple U.S. combatant commanders. The Pentagon's need to overhaul its procedures just got inched higher.

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Anonymous said...

So this is where all the money has gone too instead of health care and education... Something that a DEVELOPED country should HAVE in the first place!! Go here:

Anonymous said...

Looks like for every $10 the Pentagon spends, the Chinese will spend a fraction of the cost for a counter strategy...

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