A space war “is going to happen”, and the Pentagon is not ready to face it, warn several US experts and politicians.
As if we didn’t have enough problems here on Earth; Overpopulation, Diseases, Wars, Famine, etc., it seems that we need to be worried about a potential war in space.
An article published in Politico notes that Russia and China are “far ahead” of the United States when it comes to space militarization and in the development of means capable of destroying or rendering inoperative the satellites on which the US Army depends: from gathering intelligence to guiding precision bombs, missiles, and drones.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon is trying to catch up after years of underinvestment, injecting “billions of dollars” to bolster its defenses against antisatellite weapons, train troops and refine means to retaliate in a new form of combat that until now has only been present in Hollywood movies.
“We are now approaching a point where ‘Star Wars’ is not just a movie,” said Steve Isakowitz, CEO of The Aerospace Corp., a government-funded think tank that serves as the military’s leading adviser on space.
According to Isakowitz, the U.S. can no longer afford to take its dominance for granted.
“That supremacy in space has enabled us to have the world’s greatest war-fighting capability … whether it is our soldiers on the field, our drones that fly overhead, our bombers that travel around the world, intelligence we collect,” he told POLITICO. “More and more every day, literally, we become more dependent on it.
“And our adversaries know that,” he added in an interview.
Unsurprisingly, US President Donald Trump recently called for the creation of a “space force”: a separate military branch responsible for guaranteeing US supremacy in space (a role now played mainly by the Air Force).
Likewise, Trump’s new National Security Strategy designated space as “vital interest” for the first time, and ordered the Armed Forces to consider space as “a priority domain,” Politico explains.
But that may not be enough.
Congressman Mike Rogers, who chairs the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces of the Armed Forces of the House of Representatives, predicts that war in space will “happen,” and that “it’s just a matter of whether it happens in the next two years or in the next five or six years.“
In this sense, Rogers is worried about whether the US Air Force is paying enough attention to space.
“They always say, ‘We got this, we’re planning for this in the future,’” Rogers said. “But when you ask them to prioritize space this year, they say they can’t. People have to remember when it comes to fighting a war, our eyes and ears are in space. We can’t let adversaries take our eyes and ears out.”
Other specialists urge the Trump Administration to think more carefully about its military space policy. Thus, Joan Johnson-Freese, a professor of national security at Naval War College, doubts that space can be treated like any other battle zone.
“You can not control all the space all the time,” he says, explaining that “simply the physics of space is different than the others.”
On the other hand, Cassandra Steer, acting executive director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, warns that “an armed conflict in space would be catastrophic for all players,” including “Neutral States.”