China’s military on Monday conducted the first test of a new ground-launched anti-satellite missile that was fired into space and disguised as a space-exploration rocket, according to U.S. officials.Well ... at least we have an adult and serious-minded mitigation plan in place? Right?
The test was carried out early Monday from the Xichang Space Launch center and was identified by officials as the new Dong Ning-2 ASAT missile.
The ASAT test comes a week after China protested the release of the Pentagon’s annual report on the Chinese military buildup that mentioned Beijing’s development of anti-satellite weapons.
Defense officials have said China’s ASAT weapons, including missile interceptors, lasers, and electronic jammers, are designed to disrupt satellite communications and navigation systems used extensively by the U.S. military in conducting joint warfare.Oh good grief.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stated in written answers to questions during his confirmation hearing in January that the United States would seek to avoid engaging in hostilities in space.
... and Poland sought to avoid engaging in a two front war against Germany and the Soviet Union. Tibet sought to avoid engaging in hostilities with Red China. I sought to avoid engaging in hostilities with my date's ex-boyfriend while she was sitting on my lap in Hooters at 1am ....
Let's not be alarmist though. This is just a one off test that I am sure has much more work to do to be operational. Discount the article accordingly ... and there is always a lot more out there tha thank goodness never makes it open source ... but ...
OK. So, let's say they need another decade. That brings us to 2023, not that far away.
By then, what if they have a dozen ready to go with another dozen a year later? Will we be more or less vulnerable to losing satellites in 2023 vice 2013? How are we structuring our Fleet? Constraints & Restraints to operations? Planning assumptions?
From a VOX & DATA perspective, in a fashion; in WESTPAC the Chinese are running on interior lines; we have to run exterior lines.
UPDATE: Speaking of transformationalism, I haven't blogg'd much about throwing a drone off the front of a ship, again ... the reason is that SJS has said it all.