By Aaron Kesel
With prior news that the United States Space Force has created a unit dedicated to “orbital warfare,” it’s somewhat fitting that the Space Force troops get re-named to be the “Guardians.”
The name was revealed by outgoing Vice President Mike Pence, appears to be a play on the Marvel superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy. However, Space Force officials said it was a callback to a 1983 motto, Defense One reported.
The opportunity to name a force is a momentous responsibility. Guardians is a name with a long history in space operations, tracing back to the original command motto of Air Force Space Command in 1983, “Guardians of the High Frontier.”
— United States Space Force (@SpaceForceDoD) December 18, 2020
The name was given to the military space branch exactly two days before the U.S. Space Force’s first birthday, its troops received their collective name: Guardians.
The brand-new U.S. military branch, Space Force, recently established a unit dedicated to “orbital warfare.”
It’s not specifically a TIE fighter or X-Wing from the Star Wars series, but The Drive reported last week that Trump’s recently created Space Force is now in charge of the experimental X-37B spacecraft — a craft that was previously in the ownership of the Air Force, which should turn many heads.
The unit is also precariously known as Delta 9, according to the service. Military.com reports:
Space Operations Command was activated last month during a ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Under the field commands are deltas and squadrons, according to the Space Force’s command hierarchy.
Delta 9’s Detachment 1 “oversees operations of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, an experimental program designed to demonstrate technologies for a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the U.S. Space Force,” according to the unit’s fact sheet.
Delta 9 consists of three active-duty squadrons headquartered at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado: 1st Space Operations Squadron, 3rd Space Operations Squadron and 750th Operations Support Squadron, along with Detachment 1. The three squadrons conduct “protect-and-defend operations from space and provide response options to deter and defeat adversary threats in space,” according to the chart.
It’s in this Delta group that the X-37B will be used, for what purpose exactly is unknown. But, according to the document, it states that Delta 9 will be responsible for “Orbital Warfare.” TMU previously reported that Johns Hopkins University political scientist ,Daniel Deudney, warned that “space could end up controlled by a totalitarian empire.”
Nations including China and Russia are already beginning to weaponize space with energy weapons and anti-satellite missiles; that’s according to the Pentagon last year in a report in CNBC.
The U.S. is also involved in the weaponization of space, and a U.S. Air Force commander has even previously proclaimed that space weapons should be used against ISIS, without expanding on how.
“If we want to be more agile then the reality is we are going to have to push decision authority down to some lower levels in certain areas the big question that we’ve got to wrestle with … is the authorities to operate in cyber and space,” General David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, told USA TODAY.
This is despite such actions being forbidden under the United Nations’ Outer Space Treaty established in 1967, for any nation to weaponize space. Additionally, the “Space Preservation Treaty” in 2005, states that countries won’t seek to weaponize space.
Deudney’s book lays out six threats to humanity, with the most important being the military use of equipment needed to terraform other worlds. Deudney concludes, according to The Space Review‘s analysis of his book, that we should abandon any hope of settling space until peace on Earth is achieved and we can explore responsibly.
It’s worth noting that former President George Bush Jr’s forgotten speech in 2001 mentions forming a Space Force, and creating a new spacecraft and “space bomber.” So these plans for militarizing space have long been schemed behind closed doors by the military-industrial complex.
In fact, going all the way back to 1989, The New York Times reported the Air Force had shut down another military space program, with a shuttle that could seat a total of 32 astronauts and a space shuttle launching facility in Colorado. It’s important to note that modern space shuttles only carry 8 passengers maximum so 32 would be an accomplishment indeed.
What the military misses, however, is as Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote in a 2015 article, “Weapons in space put the world at risk.”
Image: The Mind Unleashed
Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post.
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