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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

When Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall used his Sept. 20 keynote speech at the annual Air Force Association conference to claim that China is developing the ability to launch "global strikes from space" against US targets, it raised more than a few eyebrows and sent military analysts scrambling.

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Geez, it's a bit naive to think the Chinese haven't been on that for years, probably decades.

And it took Kendall's speech to "sent military analysts scrambling"?

That doesn't give me much faith in the Pentagon.

#1 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-29 02:03 PM | Reply

America and Russia banned space-based weapons over 50 years ago. China has no arms limitation treaties.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-09-29 02:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

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...Outside analysts contacted by Breaking Defense were largely skeptical -- and in some cases, simply incredulous -- about Kendall's statements.

"I've seen no evidence to indicate this," said Brian Weeden, head of program planning at Secure World Foundation (SWF), said in an email.

"Maybe they got their hands on some internal Chinese discussion where the PLA is mulling some idea, a concept, right? Maybe there's some R&D experiment that sort of leads in this direction," said Weeden. "Those I think are possibilities, more so than, you know, they actually have money dedicated to an operational capability."

Todd Harrison, director of the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), was even more skeptical.

"It sounds like he may have misspoken or may have confused this with something else China is doing, like hypersonic glide missiles," he said. "I have not seen any public reporting about China developing a kinetic space to Earth weapon. By all indications, China appears to be continuing its focus on developing the full suite of Earth to space weapons, both kinetic and non-kinetic." (CSIS puts out an annual report detailing publicly available information on counterspace threats, Space Threat Assessment, that includes China's tech efforts.)...



#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-29 02:43 PM | Reply

Yeah, like Russia follows the rules. Suck it, soviet stooge.

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-29 02:50 PM | Reply

WTF are ICBM's if not weapons designed to be a "global strike from space"?

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-29 02:50 PM | Reply

Fear the great other! (ignore that we trade with them and they buy our debt)

#6 | Posted by Brennnn at 2021-09-29 03:42 PM | Reply

Sounds like Kendall wants to be ready for the next war instead of continuing MIC welfare aligned with past wars the US lost.

MIC corruption is killing the USA.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-29 05:22 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead

Damn straight they don't. Who wrote the "Man of Steele" dossier for Hillary? *cough* crossfire hurricane *cough* russian stooge.

#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-09-29 05:41 PM | Reply

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead

Their launch point is not in space so no, they are not designed to strike from space. If you put one in orbit, sure it could do the job.

Kinetic space based weapons would be a way to go and not worry about radioactive fallout. I have read enough scifi that we would truly be foolish not to believe someone would do it. You don't need nukes to take huge swaths of nations.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-09-29 06:19 PM | Reply

China has had satellite killing missiles since 2007, so image your losing GPS, weather satellites, most communications abilities, etc.....

#10 | Posted by MSgt at 2021-09-29 08:30 PM | Reply

^
But isn't that what the "right" has lusted for over the decades? You know, a return to the 50's.

#11 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2021-09-29 08:43 PM | Reply

China doesn't have 'Nukes in space', hell, their
space program just magically caught up to ours
(through almost certain espionage) within the last
5-10 years. They probably already have primitive
anti-satellite technology though (quite likely).

No, this is just another example of an American General
fear mongering and playing to a 'captive congressional
audience', knowing that there are several pro-war hawks
in the crowd, in a likely attempt to scare up more
billions of tax payer dollars for another super secret
something weapon that we don't really need.

#12 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-09-30 06:15 AM | Reply

WTF are ICBM's if not weapons designed to be a "global strike from space"?

#5 | POSTED BY LEGALLYYOURDEAD AT 2021-09-29 02:50 PM | FLAG:

Land Based Weapons.

Were these same analysts asleep in 2019? The Pentagon was already saying that the Tiangong space station will be fully integrated with China's military between 2022 & 2024. It wouldn't be the first space station with a weapons system, Russia deployed an anti-aircraft cannon on theirs.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-09-30 08:32 AM | Reply

The only reason to pedantically note the ICBMs as land based weapons is because you don't need the ICBM part.

To cut reaction and travel time in half you would strap the warhead to a very, very small booster and use Tiangong as a bomber. Deploy the missle pack as a pod for the modular system it has based on the ISS. Kinda dumb though, just use a submarine.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-09-30 08:36 AM | Reply

They probably already have primitive
anti-satellite technology though (quite likely).

#12 | POSTED BY EARTHMUSE AT 2021-09-30 06:15 AM | FLAG:

You don't have to press enter constantly to make your posts
longer than they should be.

but they already demonstrated ASAT missiles,
ground based lasers, etc.

What we very likely have but haven't officially demonstrated
is deploying Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicles, and by 2028
upgraded Next Generation Kill Vehicles, from an X-37B or the C
model that may or may not exist. Or the next generation of it that
may or may not exist.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-09-30 09:35 AM | Reply

Kinda dumb to leave weaponry in space. Every major power will know where it is and it can be defeated by releasing a bag of sand at the right orbit. That even allows for plausible deniability.

#16 | Posted by dibblda at 2021-09-30 10:59 AM | Reply

Kinda dumb to leave weaponry in space. Every major power will know where it is and it can be defeated by releasing a bag of sand at the right orbit. That even allows for plausible deniability.

#17 | Posted by dibblda at 2021-09-30 10:59 AM | Reply

You don't need nukes to take huge swaths of nations.

#9 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE

Yup. A nice big rock strategically nudged could kill millions. Billions. Or a small kinetic satellite killer could cause a lot of damage to global communications and create economic chaos.

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-10-01 02:38 PM | Reply

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