The Ultimate High Ground: US Counterspace Strategy

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by AndyPipkin, Jun 8, 2006.

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  1. It's an interesting set of concepts - but I can't help feeling that it's a dangerous can of worms for the US to open. They rely on satellites more than anyone else, and so are more vulnerable than anyone else to the weaponisation of space. Basic ASATs were around in the 60s so lashing up something now is technically feasible for quite a few countries. It won't be as advanced as the US kit, but that's not an issue if all you want to do is break things.

    Plus it also means that "allied" nations may not be for much longer. If the US blind a sat from country X, then country X blows up a US satellite - as that is all the capability they have - will the US start a war over it ? And I suspect that the US will feel the loss of their kit more than the opposition.