If war comes in outer space, will the American military be prepared? Recent news reports have led some experts to doubt it. China and Russia, they say, have been very busy developing the weapons of the future and, indeed, may now be as much as a decade ahead of America. The U.S. military, they argue, can no longer afford to take its dominance in space for granted.
Possibly the most dire threat facing the U.S. military in space, concerns the vast fleet of satellites now in orbit and on which the entire modern world depends. From ATM machines to commercial aviation, to broadcast news, everything depends on advanced satellite technology. Whether archaeologist, sea captain, weather scientist, or information technologist, everyone would be literally lost without the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS). The same goes for Soldiers on missions, or keeping the peace, in war zones. Very few in our society could function these days without satellite technology.
Jonathon Trugman, writing in the New York Post, says our everyday lives depend on the trillion dollars of American assets in space—4600 satellites, including the 500 added in just 2017. A single error with one satellite in 2016 caused cell phone towers to lose connections; US police and fire stations to report communication errors; BBC radio signals to be interrupted; and the telescope that tracks asteroids in Earth’s orbit to go offline.
In June of 2018 President Donald Trump proposed the formation of a U.S. Space Force, although the Air Force already has the American space technology and is in the practice of growing it. Vice President Mike Pence followed up in August with the unveiling of a complete plan aiming at launching the new Space Force by 2020. Unsurprisingly, not everyone agrees that this is the solution to our space challenges. Critics, at least those in the existing power structure, say that placing command of these vital assets in a separate bureaucracy that competes with the Air Force would be expensive and inefficient. Others think the president has ulterior motives. (See the accompanying sidebar by exopolitics theorist Michael Salla.)
Clearly China is well aware of the hazards and the opportunities of space. In January of 2007 the giant Asian power let it be known that it had fired a guided missile into space to destroy one of its own satellites. Their test threatened no other country, they insisted. Indeed, as China informed the United States, their projectile could destroy objects orbiting no higher 537 miles above the earth (geosynchronous satellites which maintain a fixed position in the sky—such as those for GPS and communications—orbit at 22,236 miles). For U.S. military leadership however—dependent as it is on satellites for reconnaissance, navigation, weapons guidance systems and antimissile defense—a clear alarm had been sounded.
China had no intention of repeating the test, it declared, yet in 2010 it deployed a mid-course interceptor to destroy a target missile 62 miles above the earth. Then in 2013, China launched something else, a mysterious object that nearly reached the critical geosynchronous orbit height. According to defense officials, the object was a ground-based, high-earth-orbit attack missile. The U.S. military believes the missile was fired from a road-mobile ballistic launcher. The clear implication according to most analysts: China is preparing for a possible future war in space.
Publicly, China has always claimed that it opposes any weaponization or arms race in space. But, at the same time, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force chief Xu Qiliang is on record stating that competition between Earth’s military forces in space is inevitable. At a minimum, that could entail: denying an enemy—or enemies—access to satellite intelligence and communications; shooting down spy satellites; destroying communications satellites; jamming transmissions; and/or hacking networks.
The 2013 test was accomplished by a DN-2 (‘Dong Neng-2’, in Chinese literally means “Kinetic Energy 2.” It is an anti-satellite missile developed by the PLA and designed as a high-earth-orbit interceptor capable of destroying orbiting satellites with a high-speed kinetic impact). Since then, China is widely believed to have graduated to the DN-3, said to have the ability to hit to kill anything. American military analysts say the DN-3 technology is exceedingly demanding. One commentator said it could reach speeds of 15,000 mph and hit something traveling just as fast.
China continues to deny publicly any intention to militarize the seven artificial islands that it has built in the South China Sea. President Xi Jinping made that assertion in an October 2015 joint press conference with U.S. president Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden. The statement, however, is demonstrably false. Fully visible to satellite and aerial photography, are concrete reinforced bunkers for housing bombers; anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles; as well as radar installations. The so-called Spratly islands, some natural and some artificial, are claimed by several nations. Still, the Chinese have kidnapped Philippines fishing fleets in the area, Vietnam has experienced bloody protests against its former ally’s expansionist actions, and other nations have also complained. It seems obvious that the Chinese will stop at nothing to expand their ability to destroy the space assets of their adversaries.
Currently U.S. military analysts are very worried about a mysterious new Russian satellite which is behaving oddly and may indeed be a weapon, “We don’t know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it,” said assistant secretary Yleem Poblete at a conference on disarmament in Switzerland in August. “[The satellite’s] behavior on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities,” said Poblete. The satellite was launched in October of 2017. Russia has dismissed the U.S. concerns as “unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions.”
Just after the first Russian satellite, Sputnik, was launched in October 1957, the major global players signed the Outer Space Treaty that was intended to prevent the weaponization of space, but little expectation remains that it is—or will be—honored. Indeed, the Chinese (and the Russians) are working diligently to build the kind of high-energy laser weapons that could be deployed as part of their ASAT (anti-satellite) arsenal. U.S. military planners estimate that such capability will be available as soon as 2020. American cities have already seen the violence and destruction that can be unleashed within twenty-four hours of a power blackout, as in the case of Hurricane Irma in 2017. As for what might happen after everything that needs to be working, stops working, no one can accurately predict, but there can be little doubt that it would be catastrophic.
The New Technologies
In preparing for space war, America’s adversaries have not limited their technologies to mere satellite destruction. In Atlantis Rising #121, I wrote of what many conspiracy theorists, and others, believe was a surprise attack on a cruise ship with an ‘EMP’ weapon. On November 8, 2010, the Peoples Republic of China appears to have been the aggressor, while the Carnival Cruise Lines vessel ‘The Splendor’ was the victim. According to the website www.abovetopsecret.com, a Chinese EMP weapon on a non-explosive missile fired from a Chinese Type 041 submarine was the real reason for the catastrophic crippling of the ship.
Port calls for the Splendor were scheduled in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and ultimately Cabo San Lucas. The day of the ‘attack’ the Splendor was heading from Long Beach to Mexican waters. The Chinese hit the ship, it is alleged, with what is called an “Electromagnetic pulse” or an EMP. The immediate effect was that all electronics were shut down, leaving the ship dead in the water. EMP causes rapidly changing electric fields, and this, in turn, produces damaging current and voltage surges.
The response by the U.S. Government was muted—intended, doubtless, to avoid heightening tensions. The cause of the incident was declared “an engine fire.”
On the Russian front, in 2014, at the height of their conflict with Ukraine, Russia allegedly used EMP tactics to attack the US warship Donald Cook and succeeded in crippling it. (The Pentagon denies this.) An EMP attack does not kill anyone, but it could stop a fleet of ships.
Today, some believe, the North Koreans also may possess advanced electronic war-fighting capabilities unavailable to most other countries. The ‘hermit’ kingdom, is reliably reported to be using advanced technology to jam GPS navigation signals near the border with South Korea. At one point in recent military exercises, the North Koreans successfully jammed the navigation systems of over a hundred ships and planes. The technology also stops cell phone communications. It is believed that Russia supplied the equipment, although that is not generally considered to have been necessary.
Small-scale GPS jamming equipment can be purchased online for $100 or less. Some people use the devices to conceal their own whereabouts. The jammer emits radio signals with the same frequency as a GPS device that prevents it from sorting out its own position. Criminals, it turns out, are not the only ones who worry about being tracked. In recent years there has been a backlash by truck drivers not wanting to be tracked by their employers. The attitude is that the company doesn’t need to know every time one of its drivers stops for a personal reason. While the use of GPS technology can be complicated, deploying a jamming device is as simple as plugging into an auto’s cigarette lighter. It works within seconds.
Large-scale GPS jamming equipment is more complicated and more expensive but the US military has acknowledged that without satellites and other methods, all of the new navigation technology is vulnerable. Sailors and soldiers alike must once again be taught old-school navigation methods, as, it has become clear, they may actually need it.
The challenge of resurrecting the old methods is immense, however. The US Naval Academy has found that fewer than one in twenty recruits can determine where they are on the planet through the stars. For thousands of years, ancient mariners, like the Polynesians, used the stars and the constellations to guide them across vast expanses of ocean. Until late in the twentieth century, celestial navigation skills were considered fundamental to seamanship. The beginning of the end of that tradition came in the 1970s when the military launched the first GPS satellites. The satellites performed better than celestial reckoning, and by 2000, sextants and charts were phased out. Electronic navigation systems have become easier to use than ever before, but, belatedly, the U.S. Navy has realized the value of navigating without a computer. Learning to navigate by the stars, though, requires extensive training, both in the classroom and in the field. Sailors must venture out at night equipped with only a sextant—the venerable instrument used by their ancestors—to measure the angle between objects in the sky. After multiple sightings are recorded, almanac tables are consulted to determine position and course.
When satellites are destroyed, or signals jammed, the tried-and-true skills of the ancient mariners may be the only ones that still work after today’s most advanced technologies have failed.
If you thought electronics were the only technologies that the adversaries of America were using to gain the upper hand, you would be wrong. The New York Times recently labeled the mental crippling of diplomats in Cuba as “Sonic Attacks.” This designation, according to some scientists, was not correct, but, until recently, there was no satisfactory go-to explanation. Just what was causing the problem remained a mystery.
The trouble started in 2016, when U.S. embassy staff in Havana complained of hearing odd sounds, experiencing headaches, and dizziness. Those who heard the strange sounds also experienced nausea, extreme fatigue, hearing loss, sharp ear pain, and cognitive difficulties. These are all usually symptoms of concussion or minor traumatic brain injury.
The President ultimately expelled fifteen Cuban diplomats over the matter, claiming that the Cubans had failed to protect their American guests. The U.S. administration stopped short of accusing the Cubans of deliberately causing the illness. Most of the victims were treated at the Center for Brain Injury and Repair (CBIR) at the University of Pennsylvania. Despite holding Cuba responsible for the ill effects, a number of U.S. diplomats were forced to leave Cuba. The number of those fallen ill has passed twenty-five, but until now, there was no real explanation or cure.
In early 2018, a U.S. diplomat in China was forced to return home after suffering strange effects similar to those in Havana. Ultimately, at least eleven State Department employees in the consulate in Guangzhou reported abnormal sounds and sensations that have led to a diagnosis of mild traumatic brain injury. Most were sent back to the U.S., where specialists attempting to unravel the bigger puzzle could examine them. Investigators remained confounded, and the State Department posted an alert on its web site warning all Americans to evacuate to the states if they experience any suspicious “auditory or sensory phenomena.” Victims were warned against trying to find out the cause, or to treat it by themselves. Instead they were advised to seek out medical care as soon as possible.
Some American officials did point to Russia’s history of targeting Americans in both Cuba and China, as well as in Russian itself. In the Reagan era Russia forced Americans to settle for one choice of a site on which to build a new embassy, where unhealthy vapors from the adjacent river, and the low ground made it possible to bombard the compound with microwaves and eavesdropping tech. The long-range physical effects of such microwaves were unknown, but diseases as dreadful as leukemia were feared.
Shortly before press time, the scientists at the University of Pennsylvania singled out microwaves as the cause for the sonic sickness in both Cuba and China. Douglas H. Smith, director of CBIR, told the New York Times that microwaves can trick the brain into perceiving what seem to be ordinary sounds—it’s called the Frey effect, and is named after American scientist Allan H. Frey.
If another global conflict erupts, it seems unlikely that it will begin with old-school sounds of gunfire. Instead, the most likely first shots could be from satellite kill weapons directed at crucial communication and power grids. The ensuing chaos could well do far more harm than any orthodox military attack.
Of course, if Americans were to rediscover their traditional ability to unite in the face of a common threat, those who seek to destroy the U.S. may yet find themselves with a tiger by the tale.
UFO Secrecy Threatened, Says Exopolitics Researcher
Are Space-Force Plans a Challenge to ‘Deep State’?
By Michael Salla, Ph.D.
On June 18, President Trump gave a speech where he called for the development of a U.S. Space Force that takes over current space functions of the U.S. Air Force. The proposed Space Force would become the sixth branch of the U.S. military, and would have equal authority to the USAF.
As pointed out by one military analyst, Trump does not have the authority to create a new military service; only the U.S. Congress can do so. Trump does have, however, the authority to start planning for the creation of such a service, as he demonstrated by ordering General Dunford to start the process.
There are multiple questions that arise from Trump’s initiative. Why is he going forward on a plan that is opposed by his senior military advisors? How does the proposed Space Force mesh with whistleblower/insider claims that the Air Force already has a secret space program? Finally, what of additional claims that the U.S. Navy has a much more advanced Deep Space program with kilometers-long space carriers that uses Space Marines as a fighting force?
In finding answers to such questions, it is important to understand that by ordering the creation of a Space Force, Trump is shaking the bureaucratic and corporate tree that some say hides the Secret Space Program that the Air Force runs along with the National Reconnaissance Office, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency.
Large aerospace companies such as Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics, etc., supply the technologies and components for the Air Force’s Secret Space Program. Consequently, the Military Industrial Complex/Deep State, it has been alleged, has played a major role in setting space policy due to its ability to manipulate Air Force officials through the supply and acquisition process.
Air Force Special Operations Command is one of the ten Major Commands that make up the USAF. Another Command central to space operations is Air Force Space Command. While Air Force Space Command handles logistics and technologies for space operations, AF Special Operations Command handles personnel.
Therefore, I believe, the real purpose in Trump proposing the Space Force is that he wants to accelerate the disclosure process by which the technologies and know-how that are used in the Air Force’s Secret Space Program, are taken away from the multiple bureaucracies and corporations that secretly run the Military Industrial Complex/Deep State.
The last President to confront the Military Industrial Complex/Deep State in such a brazen way over advanced aerospace technologies (UFOs) was John F. Kennedy with his twin memoranda on November 12, 1963, initiating joint space and lunar operations with the Soviet Union. The tragic outcome for President Kennedy is well known; I predict that Trump is likely to have more success with his Space Force initiative.
The above is edited for length and reprinted with permission from the website Exopolitics.com. Michael Salla, Ph.D., is author of Kennedy’s Last Stand (2013), Galactic Diplomacy (2013) and other books. He is founder of the Exopolitics Institute, a nonprofit organization analyzing political implicati