Friday, January 26, 2018

The U.S., Russia, And China Are Rushing To Weaponize Space

Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics: No Treaty Will Stop Space Weapons

Russia and China are shaming the U.S. for not signing a treaty against weapons in space. In reality, all three nations are racing to weaponize the final frontier on their own terms.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is fired up. In comments to the Russian media this month, Lavrov excoriated the United States for refusing to back the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS), a treaty to ban the placement of conventional weapons in space. “The United States continues nurturing plans to militarize outer space, I mean the deployment of weapons in outer space,” Lavrov said. “Which will, naturally, have very adverse consequences for problems of international security.”

The Obama administration wouldn't go for the treaty, and neither will the Trump White House. It's not hard to see why. The Air Force has flown a secretive unmanned space plane into orbit and tested hypersonic weapons that, if they ever work, could strike targets worldwide. The Pentagon has launched satellites that can maneuver to keep an eye on other spacecraft, which is a defensive move—but also could be the first step toward attacking them.

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WNU Editor:  The major space powers are not interested in curtailing the weapon prgrams when it comes to space. This genie has left the bottle.


James said...

"This genie has left the bottle." and he's headed to a big party.

Dov Sar said...

Space has been weaponized for a very long time.