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pentagon gearing up for space warfare

deep

TRIBE Member
An Air Force report is giving what analysts call the most detailed picture since the end of the Cold War of the Pentagon's efforts to turn outer space into a battlefield.

For years, the American military has spoken in hints and whispers, if at all, about its plans to develop weapons in space. But the U.S. Air Force Transformation Flight Plan (PDF) changes all that. Released in November, the report makes U.S. dominance of the heavens a top Pentagon priority in the new century. And it runs through dozens of research programs designed to ensure that America can never be challenged in orbit -- from anti-satellite lasers to weapons that "would provide the capability to strike ground targets anywhere in the world from space." ...

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http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,62358,00.html
 
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stir-fry

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This is from one of the documents written by the Project for a new American Century written by Cheney and company sometime in 99-2000. It seems to suggest the same ideals have been in planning for quite sometime.


CONTROL THE NEW “INTERNATIONAL COMMONS” OF SPACE AND “CYBERSPACE,” and pave the way for the creation of a new military service – U.S. Space Forces – with the mission of space control.


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The fourth element in American force posture – and certainly the one which holds the key to any longer-term hopes to extend the current Pax Americana – is the mission to transform U.S. military forces to meet new geopolitical and technological challenges. While the prime directive for transformation will be to design and deploy a global missile defense system, the effects of information and other advanced technologies promise to revolutionize the nature of conventional armed forces. Moreover, the need to create weapons systems optimized for operations in the Pacific theater will create requirements quite distinct from the current generation of systems designed for warfare on the European continent and those new systems like the F-22 fighter that also were developed to meet late-Cold-War needs.

Although the basic concept for a system of global missile defenses capable of defending the United States and its allies against the threat of smaller and simpler ballistic missiles has been well understood since the late 1980s, a decade has been squandered in developing the requisite technologies. In fact, work on the key elements of such a system, especially those that would operate in space, has either been so slowed or halted completely, so that the process of deploying robust missile defenses remains a long-term project. If for no other reason, the mission to create such a missile defense system should be considered a matter of military transformation.



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Inevitably, new technologies may create the need for entirely new military organizations; this report will argue below that the emergence of space as a key theater of war suggests forcefully that, in time, it may be wise to create a separate “space service.”
 
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SneakyPete

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Interesting that Russia just announced developing missiles against Star War the other day.


Russia develops missile against Star Wars

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV





MOSCOW (AP) - Russia has successfully tested a hypersonic anti-Star Wars weapon capable of penetrating any prospective missile shield, a senior general said Thursday.

The prototype weapon proved it could manoeuvre so quickly as to make "any missile defence useless," Col.-Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky, the first deputy chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, told a news conference.

He said that the prototype of a new hypersonic vehicle had proved its ability to manoeuvre while in orbit, thereby making it able to dodge an enemy's missile shield.

"The flying vehicle changed both the altitude and direction of its flight," Baluyevsky said. "During the experiment conducted yesterday, we proved that it's possible to develop weapons that would make any missile defence useless."

Baluyevsky's comment followed a statement by President Vladimir Putin, who said Wednesday after attending rocket launches from the Plesetsk launch pad in northern Russia that experiments conducted during the military manoeuvres had proven that Russia could build new strategic weapons that would be unrivalled in the world.

Putin said that the development of new weapons was not directed against the United States, and Baluyevsky reaffirmed the statement, saying that the experiment shouldn't be seen as Russia's response to U.S. missile defence plans.

"The experiment conducted by us must not be interpreted as a warning to the Americans not to build their missile defence because we designed this thing," Baluyevsky told The Associated Press.

In Washington, Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked by reporters about the Putin statement.

"If you're in that business - intercontinental ballistic missiles and warheads - you want them to be survivable, and manoeuvrability is one way to increase their survivability against any potential defences," he said.

Putin said that Russia had no intention of immediately deploying new weapons based on the experimental vehicle.

Baluyevsky concurred.

"We have demonstrated our capability, but we have no intention of building this craft tomorrow," he said, adding that Russia had told the United States about its plans to conduct the experiment.

He said that the new vehicle had "ceased to exist" after the experiment, presumably burning up in the atmosphere.

Baluyevsky refused to comment on what kind of engine the vehicle had, how long its flight lasted and how exactly it manoeuvred. He said that it had been designed by several Russian companies, but refused to name them.

As part of the massive military manoeuvres described as the largest in more than two decades, the military launched a Molniya-M booster rocket with a Kosmos military satellite from the northern Plesetsk launch pad and two ballistic missiles: a Topol from Plesetsk and an RS-18 from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Baluyevsky refused to say which of the rockets had carried the vehicle into the orbit.
 

chipotle

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anything to get the economy going I guess.

Money spent into the research of all the stuff going up there and plus all the manufacturers making the stuff that goes up there..plus the people being paid....
 
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chipotle

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Originally posted by Subsonic Chronic
i wonder how they're going to be able to afford all this...


debt!

and hope that by borrowing this generates some money within their economy too.

Also.. they surely are a bit paranoid about how hostile their environment is.

I mean.. as i read this.. they are talking about rapid responce.. etc etc.. who the hell is competing against them??
france tries to keep up with the americans int he level of weapon development but they are not as good.
no one can touch the american weapon development..as it is.
 
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~atp~

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Originally posted by deep
yes, but the pdf circulating details their plans a little more explicitly

I know deep, I wasn't trying to reduce the impact/importance of this thread...I'll have to take a look at it.
 
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RhesusMonkey

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Stupid, stupid fradycat people... :mad:

Who wants to see an orbiting training centre a la Ender's Game?

So here's fun food for thought: there's so much garbage floating around the near-earth orbit that it's dangerous to fly shuttles through it (because hey, even a sponge becomes damaging when it's travelling at 30,000 MPH...) And yet it's the US' plan to to put more shit up there, probably with more nukes etc than they've already got (and you know they've got some up there somewhere...) How will they deploy them? what happens if a random particle of space junk flies through a nuke? what happens if a nuke "fails" and falls into earth orbit?

Anyone else think the world would be better off if the US took that money they spend on "defence" (read: a good offence) and spent it on say, international space development (eg: ISS) or hey, maybe education and social services... though those don't generate as much cash... grumble grumble stupid Republicans...
 

PosTMOd

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Throwing garbage into space will be the poorer countries' method of controlling what goes on up there.

Get a nice, strong Yard-a-Pult slinging everything from dead monkeys and cows, to scrapped cars into orbit, and the whole system will be completely ruined.

Like back in WWII when they would jam radar with strips of aluminium foil.
 
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