U.S. Warns on Russia's New Space Weapons

Elias Hubbard
August 16, 2018

According to the U.S. official, the development justifies President Trump's new "Space Force" branch of the armed forces. A USA official said the satellite was acting suspiciously, describing its recent launch as "a very troubling development" that appears to justify Donald Trump's new Space Force branch of the armed forces.

"When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space".

A mysterious Russian satellite displaying "very abnormal behaviour" has raised alarm in the U.S., according to a State Department official.

While Russia claims the object is a "space apparatus inspector", its behavior has been unlike any other object with a similar goal, including others already deployed by Moscow, according to Yleem D.S. Poblete, the assistant secretary of the U.S. Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance.

A USA official contended the Russian satellite orbiting the earth was acting suspiciously, labelling its recent launch as "a very troubling development".

A Russian delegate at the conference dismissed Poblete's remarks as unfounded and slanderous.

But Alexander Deyneko, a senior Russian diplomat, told the Reuters news agency her comments were "the same unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions, on suppositions and so on". In March this year, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that its space troops received "a mobile attack anti-satellite system".

"The United States has clearly articulated the many flaws of this draft treaty", Poblete said. Currently, a three-star Space Command falls under the Air Force, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado and responsible for 30,000 personnel worldwide.

China, which is backing the Russian treaty, has also been active in the development of space capabilities, since President Xi Jinping said in June 2013, at the launch of the Shenzhou X manned mission, that China would take bigger steps in space exploration in pursuit of its "space dream".

A report for the U.S. and China Economic and Security Review Commission stated the Chinese military was trying to develop the ability to attack the USA in space.

The report stated: "Chinese analysts surmise that the loss of critical sensor and communications capabilities could imperil the U.S. military's ability to achieve victory". Meanwhile, the abnormal behavior by the space object could be in violation of a draft treaty on space weapons being promoted by Russia, Poblete said.

"There are a range of threats and hazards to all space capabilities in what is an increasingly contested domain", he said.

The Vice President argued the objective of the US Space Force was to carry "America's commitment to freedom into this new frontier".

An RAF spokesman said: "The UK does not have the industrial muscle or money to do a hard-kill".

"We do have some soft-kill capability, such as jamming".

While there is no evidence other than "abnormal behaviour" to suggest the odd satellite is some kind of space weapon, the USA position is that without any means of investigating the craft beyond remote observation - a limitation of the Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, the Threat or Use of Force against Outer Space Objects (PPWT) - it's impossible to dig deeper. The U.S. says it allows for too many loopholes and too few inspections that it gives cover to countries like Russian Federation and China to do the very thing it is trying to prevent, weaponize space.

Alongside the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, it will comprise the sixth arm of the US armed forces. Mr Trump wants to counter Russian and Chinese developments in space tech. The White House is already working on a bill with lawmakers.

"The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers".

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