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The New Space Race: HULK SMASH!

Will the war of the future be fought by knocking out satellites orbiting the earth?

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Stephen Green

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June 13, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Or something like that — from StrategyPage:

Chinese military journals are full of exhortations to “render the enemy deaf and blind” by attacking their space satellites. Yet there is little discussion about how China would do this. That is because China does not want the rest of the world to pay too much attention to Chinese work on jamming satellite signals, damaging satellites with lasers and generally leaving them intact but inoperable rather than destroying them.

China did conduct a very visible “KillSat” test in 2007 that blew one of their old weather satellites apart. This was not good for anyone with satellites in orbit because that particular test created over 3,000 large (very destructive) fragments in orbit. These fragments are under no one’s control and will demolish any satellites they encounter. China has not repeated this test and now it is believed that the 2007 test was more of a deception than demonstration. China wants the world to ignore their more intense efforts to disable or isolate satellites in orbit rather than blowing them up.

Going for the eyes is one way to end a fight very, very quickly.

The question is this. On the home front, we’d likely lose TV, phone service, weather warnings,some internet, and general chaos, inconvenience, and some deaths. On the fighting front (should there actually be one), our military would lose tons of intel and much of the networking that it uses as a force multiplier.

Would that be enough to knock us out of the fight?

The Japanese thought so at Pearl Harbor, but I don’t think we’re the same people we were in 1941.

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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speaking of space and danger, and don't mean to be an alarmist; however, we have a very large comet (ison 3+ mi. in diameter) headed our way later this year. it will plow through the meteor belt between mars and jupiter probably cutting a wide magnetic swath and sending meteors flying in all directions. it will then pass very, very close to mars, always accelerating towards our sun. if n.a.s.a.'s projections are correct, it will slingshot around the sun and harmlessly head back out into oblivion... if you can believe the government.

personally, putting any faith in the words of what looks to be the biggest steaming pile if liars to ever hold public office is not my idea of smart. I have also noticed that our transparent leader has issued many e.o.'s dealing with martial law, and how he gets to act like a monarch in times of civil unrest. it also looks like this clutch of miscreants already has deep underground (luxurious) bunkers where they can go hide if things go bad outside. isn't that great, the worst among us get to go safely hide and come out when its all over, fully in charge, and all on our dime.

am I being paranoid? hope so, but do you know where all those meteors are headed? the meteors we have been seeing lately may well be the result of recent comets impacting or magnetically attracting/deflecting same. ison is coming, no doubt about that. btw, long range pix, what we can seem to glean from a very secretive n.a.s.a. these days, seems to show a lot of activity around the approaching comet. fact: this is a very big boy and he is headed in our direction at a very fast clip. fact: our government of late can't seem to locate the truth. you can now decide if prayer or concern is warranted. imo, trust in our government is not.
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