For superpower nations, there are a lot of ways to demonstrate its supremacy in military might, one of which is up in the space. Now, the Pentagon is reportedly eyeing to beef up its space war capabilities as China and Russia are busy honing its own.
As previously reported by Morning News USA, Pentagon is preparing for a World War 3 that can happen in space.
“I also want to mention space because at times in the past, space was seen as a sanctuary, new and emerging threats make clear that that’s not the case anymore and we must be prepared for the possibility of a conflict that extends in space,” Defense secretary Ash Carter told press in February this year.
At the time, Pentagon was already vocal about eyeing both Russia and China as the top strongest threat against America.
Now, a related report has surfaced, supporting the said possibility.
Over the past years, the United States has been embroiled in military arms flex between China and Russia. But lately, sins are indicating that the Pentagon should start looking up in the air as China has been doing launches in the past years, that could potentially obliterate the America’s “most valuable real estate in space,” the Washington Post reported.
The report was referring to highly sensitive satellite installed and parked by the US government in space, which was recently been endangered when a Chinese rocket approach at a dangerously close distance.
It was reported that the rocket launched by China some three years ago, had a close distance to US satellites about 22,000 miles. In the space, such distance is considered a dangerously close one, which experts consider as a wake-up call for the US government to beef up its space war security program.
Russia also raised the alarm for a possible space war when one of its satellites flew closely to two Intelsat communications satellites in 2014. The year after, Pentagon scrambled to have the U.S. Air Force Space Command in Colorado to simulate a futuristic World War set in 2025.
Throughout the years that followed, Pentagon ramp up all developments of its space war capabilities. At present, the Air Force secretary has his own “principal space adviser;” war games conducted involved simulation of battles in space; most recently, Pentagon begun developing “Space Fence,” according to the report from the Washington Post.
Satellites in orbit play a crucial role, not only for sending information about happenings in the space, but it also served highly-sensitive military functions such as surveillance and in guiding missiles and bombs to ensure high-level precision.
According to a related report from Newsweek, a war in space, that could possibly erupt over the disputed South China Sea or over Eastern Europe, could also obliterate civilian and commercial satellites futile. This means that life back on Earth will also be directly affected – from cellphone satellites, banks, including GPS units.
“War in space would very quickly involve the civilian world,” Peter Singer, a prominent military strategist and author, told Newsweek.
He added that China, and Russia, are all in a race to dominate not only the world, but even the outer space.
“The U.S., China, Russia are all working on not just using space, but also taking it away from the other side.”