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05-24-2007, 07:33 AM
Pentagon reaffirms U.S. right to deny adversaries use of space


13:46 | 24/ 05/ 2007

WASHINGTON, May 24 (RIA Novosti) - The United States has the inherent right of self-defense to protect its national interests in space and can deny its adversaries the use of hostile space capabilities, a senior Pentagon official said Wednesday.

"The United States views purposeful interference with its space systems as an infringement on its rights and will take actions necessary to preserve its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action in space including denying, if necessary, adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to U.S. national interests," Major General James Armor, director of the National Security Space Office said at a congressional hearings.

Proposed government spending on space defense programs was hit by severe cuts when the U.S. House of Representatives approved a $2.9 trillion fiscal 2008 budget May 17, but reduced the proposed $8.9 billion on missile defenses by $764 million.

The Anti-Ballistic Laser (ABL) program was seriously affected, along with other "less mature" initiatives, such as Space Tracking and Surveillance, Multiple Kill Vehicles, and Missile Defense Space Test Bed, primarily linked to the deployment of missile defenses in outer space.

The general said Wednesday that the National Space Policy, issued by President Bush in August 2006, stipulates that the United States must possess an advanced space defense potential to counter threats from potential adversaries.

"The response to threats to our space capabilities must include... capabilities to deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of space in order to protect our capabilities, ensure our terrestrial forces and keep the U.S. homeland safe," he said.

China tested its space weapons in January by destroying one of its old meteorological satellites with a medium-range ballistic missile, and the United States expressed concern over the theoretical possibility that China could shoot down satellites operated by other countries.

China later confirmed the destruction of its satellite, but said it was not planning to spread an arms race into space.

The U.S. general reiterated Wednesday that "potential adversaries must understand that an attack on a U.S. satellite will be considered a hostile act."

Speaking at the same congressional hearings, Donald Mahley, a senior State Department official, supported the Pentagon's views on the issue of the U.S. space defense program and said that the U.S. space capability must enable a broad range of options, from diplomatic to military, to prevent the hostile use of space by potential foes.

The U.S. Senate will hold a closed business meeting Thursday to markup the proposed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008.

05-24-2007, 06:50 PM
Good Lord, has anyone proven taht this asshole isn't a direct descendent of Adolf Hitler? I wish I had a missle to shoot down a sattelite!

05-24-2007, 07:19 PM
Yes, because the Solar system and surrounding universe are all considered property of the United States Government. Violators Enter at their own risk.

05-24-2007, 08:49 PM
US + World's space technology >>>>>>>>>>>>>> UFO's

12-16-2007, 12:41 AM
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Boeing_Installs_High_Energy_Laser_On_Laser_Gunship _Aircraft_999.html

Boeing Installs High-Energy Laser On Laser Gunship Aircraft
ATL, which Boeing is developing for the U.S. Department of Defense, will destroy, damage or disable targets with little to no collateral damage, supporting missions on the battlefield and in urban operations.
by Staff Writers
St. Louis MO (SPX) Dec 11, 2007
Boeinghas installed a high-energy chemical laser aboard a C-130H aircraft, achieving a key milestone for the Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program. Boeing completed the laser installation Dec. 4 at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. The laser, including its major subsystem, a 12,000-pound integrated laser module, was moved into place aboard the aircraft and aligned with the previously-installed beam control system, which will direct the laser beam to its target. With the laser installed, Boeing is set to conduct a series of tests leading up to a demonstration in 2008 in which the program will fire the laser in-flight at mission-representative ground targets to demonstrate the military utility of high-energy lasers. The test team will fire the laser through a rotating turret that extends through the aircraft's belly.

"The installation of the high-energy laser shows that the ATL program continues to make tremendous progress toward giving the warfighter a speed-of-light, precision engagement capability that will dramatically reduce collateral damage," said Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems. "Next year, we will fire the laser at ground targets, demonstrating the military utility of this transformational directed energy weapon."

The program achieved two other major milestones earlier this year. "Low-power" flight tests were completed in June at Kirtland; the ATL aircraft used its flight demonstration hardware and a low-power laser to find and track moving and stationary ground targets. The flight demonstration hardware includes the beam control system; weapon system consoles, which display high-resolution imagery and enable the tracking of targets; and sensors.

The low-power laser, a surrogate for the high-energy laser, hit its intended target in each of more than a dozen tests. Also, in late July, the high-energy laser concluded laboratory testing at the Davis Advanced Laser Facility at Kirtland, demonstrating reliable operations in more than 50 firings.

ATL, which Boeing is developing for the U.S. Department of Defense, will destroy, damage or disable targets with little to no collateral damage, supporting missions on the battlefield and in urban operations. Boeing's Advanced Tactical Laser industry team includes L-3 Communications/Brashear, which made the laser turret, and HYTEC, Inc., which made various structural elements of the weapon system.

12-16-2007, 08:58 PM
I just saw a show about this on the military channel. They spun it as how safe this is going to keep us, while reducing the exposure of our ground forces to enemy fire. uck.

12-16-2007, 11:31 PM
I just saw a show about this on the military channel. They spun it as how safe this is going to keep us, while reducing the exposure of our ground forces to enemy fire. uck.

I suppose every offensive weapon can be spun that way. It's like when people talk about robots on the battlefield, they tend to think robots will diminish human casualties; but they will only diminish casualties for one side, while making it easier to wage war for the other side.

That's pretty much how I see all of these so-called innovations. We're entering an era of untold slaughter, which is saying quite a bit given where we came from in the 20th century.

12-17-2007, 04:21 AM
Damn, in 20 years or less shit's gonna look like Star Trek. People shooting at each other with lazer beams and shit dressing up like it's a Star Wars convention and shit.

It would be hillarious if the weapon of choice in the future becomes lazer guns, and then some time later energy shields are invented; it would be like a video game where you shoot someone a bunch of times and it has no effect, then the shields run out and they die with one hit. LOL