Ten Days in August

After the expenditure of trillions…. Cost of Afghan War: $2.3 trillion on a single war for 20 years the US is pulling out of Afghanistan…..

As they pull their troops the Taleban has started slowly taking control of various parts of the country.

A Return To 1990?

In just 10 days the Taleban has gone from pockets of guerilla fighters to control of the country.

The Afghan president splits the country as the Taleban takes control of the nation….and the Taleban sets about a new government…..

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is being reported as likely president of the new Taliban government, though conflicting reports say former Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali would head a transitional government.

Baradar has been presented as a relatively moderate figure in the Taliban for years, and this likely will make him more palatable than some other hardliners for the world. Baradar also served as a chief negotiator for the Taliban in Doha.

Taliban officials are openly announcing the reestablishment of Afghanistan as an Islamic Emirate and trying to reassure the public about the fate of Kabul.

(antiwar.com)

Kabul has fallen (a great name for an action film) and chaos reins…..

Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Sunday fell to the Taliban, completing the militant group’s takeover of the country so quickly even the Taliban’s co-founder admitted in an evening video statement that the group was surprised at the speed. Hours earlier, the Taliban had entered Kabul as Afghanistan’s president fled. The militants quickly seized the presidential palace, the BBC reports, claiming victory as the government collapsed after the two-decade-long presence of a US-led coalition in the country ended. “The war is over,” a spokesperson declared. More:

  • Chaos: The word is being used in numerous articles about the state of Afghanistan, with residents and foreigners alike reportedly trying to get out; some people reportedly abandoned their cars and fled for the border on foot. A witness at Kabul’s international airport says people were scrambling to get on planes and airport staffers had fled their posts.

Is this just another Vietnam?

SecState Blinken made it clear that it was not….

Blinken claimed “this is manifestly not Saigon.” The secretary of state continued to insist that the U.S. accomplished the goals from when it went into Afghanistan 20 years ago, and he echoed Biden’s statement by saying they were working “with a deadline established by the previous administration to get them out by May 1st.”

Think about that statement for a moment.

He Lied!

20 years…..AQ attacked the US and after about 5 years it had been neutered….so why the next 15 years?

Plus sorry dude but it looks a lot like a repeat of 1975 to me.

Now think about the Afghan army….U.S. military commanders have assured the public they are making progress on the cornerstone of their war strategy: to build a strong Afghan army and police force that can defend the country on their own.

And the manure spreading continued…..“The Afghan forces are better than we thought they were,” Marine Gen. John Allen told Congress in 2012. “The Afghan national security forces are winning,” Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson told reporters in 2014.

What about all that optimism and the cash spent to prepare the Afghans…..

The vast majority of spending in Afghanistan has come from the US.

Between 2010 to 2012, when the US for a time had more than 100,000 soldiers in the country, the cost of the war grew to almost $100bn a year, according to US government figures.

And yet all that cash and training and the Afghan military lasted just 9 days against the onslaught of the Taleban.

So was all that money well spent?

Over the last 20 years, we’ve heard dozens of rationales, justifications and excuses for the US occupation of Afghanistan, all of them now exposed as hollow (or worse). There’s been no “nation-building,” the status of women has not been elevated or protected, the army and security forces have not been “trained” and “modernized,” opium poppy production has not been eradicated, militant groups have not been eliminated, sectarian strife has not lessened, the influence of Pakistan’s ISI has not been blunted. But American contractors and weapons makers have made tens of billions, year after year, for two decades, on long-term, no-bid contracts, many of the companies run by retired officials from the Pentagon and CIA, with little to no oversight or accountability. The Afghan war and occupation was one of history’s longest gravy trains, feeding govt. guaranteed profits to some of the most unsavory operators in the country, as 1000s of Afghans perished, and every time someone tried to stop it, they were shouted down with one word: “terrorism.”

The manure was spread and we now see that it was all BS….so now is the time for some actions as punishment for the LIES spread and the deceptions taken…..

If, after the horrors of this week in Afghanistan, the 4-Starry-eyed generals responsible for this 20-year March of Folly are not held accountable, there will be still worse to come. None were held accountable for the disasters of Vietnam or Iraq, and now the allegedly smart 4-Star Generals and Admirals are – get this – preparing for war with China and Russia.

Hold the Generals Accountable This Time

This war has been a boom for the defense industries….and that is the true story of 20myears in Afghanistan.

Time for answers to all those questions that were lied about in the past…..time for accountability…..and time for this sort of nation-building BS to end and money spent where it is needed…in this COUNTRY!

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Endless War

UpThe US has been in almost constant war since 1941….that is in case you are bad at math 80 years….

The American people have little to say these day about the endless war and endless interventionism….they are willfully ignorant…….

In other words, despite the occasional setbacks and disappointments of the recent past, this country’s global preeminence remained indisputable, not just in theory but in fact. That the United States would enjoy such a status for the foreseeable future seemed a foregone conclusion. After all, if any single nation prefigured the destiny of humankind, it was ours. Among the lessons taught by history itself, nothing ranked higher or seemed more obvious. Primacy, in other words, defined our calling.

Any number of motives, most of them utterly wrong-headed, had prompted the United States to go to war in Vietnam. Yet, in retrospect, I’ve come to believe that one motive took precedence over all others: Washington’s fierce determination to deflect any doubt about this country’s status as history’s sole chosen agent. By definition, once U.S. officials had declared that preserving a non-communist South Vietnam constituted a vital national security interest, it became one, ipso facto. Saying it made it so, even if, by any rational calculation, the fate of South Vietnam had negligible implications for the wellbeing of the average American.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/06/28/when-it-comes-war-americans-remain-willfully-and-incorrigibly-ignorant

80 years of constant warfare….the countless causalities both dead and wounded….you would think that we would search for alternate ways of flexing our so-called ‘muscle’……

After WW2 why did the world not make war obsolete?

We should have abolished war after World War II. That war was so lethal and so destructive, even before the dropping of the atomic bombs, that had people understood that there is a real alternative to deadly violent conflict, humanity might have taken another path. Instead, we took the path of nuclear deterrence which is a desperate and bankrupt policy that endangers our very existence.

Why have we not abolished war? The late Gene Sharp of the Albert Einstein Institute said it is because people see a need to defend themselves from foreign occupations, coup d’états and/or dictatorial regimes, and we do not know there is another way. The mythology of conventional history as told by the dominators rules our minds. Sharp spent his whole life trying to educate and convince people that there is a more effective way to solve inevitable political conflicts. There is a practical nonviolent substitute for war and violent revolution.

Making War Obsolete

The answer to why is the defense industry, the M-IC, turns massive profits from the act of war.

Vietnam showed the fruitlessness of such warfare as there is today…..and yet the US did the same thing again with the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

We can ask if the fruitlessness has set in to our military leadership…..there is an answer to that question from the Pentagon….

The Special Inspector for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released its quarterly oversight report Thursday that examines the US’s failed effort at nation-building in Afghanistan. Speaking to reporters, SIGAR chief John Sopko warned that the US government hasn’t learned its lesson from the almost 20-year war.

The Pentagon is still not heeding SIGAR’s warnings. After the withdrawal, the US will still provide the Afghan military with funding even though assessments from SIGAR say it cannot be maintained. SIGAR predicted back in March that the Afghan Air Force would not be able to stand on its own since so many of its aircraft are entirely reliant on maintenance from Pentagon contractors.

Despite SIGAR’s warnings and the reality on the ground, the US is still planning to thrown billions at the Afghan government. For 2022, the Pentagon has set aside $3.3 billion for the Afghan military.

Sopko cited Vietnam as an example of how Washington hasn’t learned its lesson from failed wars. “Don’t believe what you’re told by the generals or the ambassadors or people in the administration saying we’re never going to do this again,” he said. “That’s exactly what we said after Vietnam: we’re never going to do this again. Lo and behold, we did Iraq. And we did Afghanistan. We will do this again.”

(antiwar.com)

There is a way to make this a better world….a world without constant warfare…

Click to access progressive-5c-_39552454-5-copy.pdf

As a combat vet I support any attempt to limit obscenity of war…..

Sadly profits before people will always win in a world that cares little other than the greed that war creates.

Hopefully the world will soon find some sanity and end this vicious cycle of death and destruction…..

But not anytime soon.

Especially when the president makes statements like this….

The US is constantly accusing countries like Russia and China of carrying out cyberattacks, and comments from President Biden on Tuesday suggest he could use these claims as a pretext for military intervention. He warned that if Washington ended up in a “real shooting war with a major power,” it could be the result of a cyberattack on the US.

“You know, we’ve seen how cyber threats, including ransomware attacks, increasingly are able to cause damage and disruption to the real world,” Biden said in a speech during a visit to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “I think it’s more likely we’re going to end up — well, if we end up in a war, a real shooting war with a major power, it’s going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach of great consequence.”

(antiwar.com)

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Out Of Babylon

We have finally decided to end our endless war in Afghanistan and now it is time to end the second longest war, Iraq…..

There have been attempts to drawn down…..and now the Biden has made a decision (for now) to pull combat troops from the sands of Iraq….

The US and Iraq expect to announce next week that American combat troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year. The countries are working on a plan that would keep Americans there in an advisory role, to help with the fight against ISIS. “We don’t need any more fighters because we have those,” Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein said, the Wall Street Journalreports. “What do we need? We need cooperation in the field of intelligence. We need help with training. We need troops to help us in the air.” The details are still being worked out, but the change will be announced Monday after President Biden and Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi meet at the White House, per Politico.

The number of Americans in Iraq might stay about the same—2,500—but the combat troops would be changed out, replaced by those who do other jobs. The idea is for them to help Iraq with tasks including logistical support, intelligence, and surveillance. The change could help Kadhimi politically in time for October’s parliamentary elections. While the US is completing a total withdrawal from Afghanistan, it’s still making long-term military plans with Iraq. The US has more faith in Iraq’s troops than in Afghanistan’s, who are losing ground rapidly to the Taliban. US troops first arrived in Iraq on 2004. The transition from combat began last summer, though no end date had been announced. A joint statement in April credited the change to the Iraqi forces being better able to handle the job now.

This is a good move….there will be those that disagree….but for me any time when can bring our troops home to their families then it is a good plan.

Now we need to work on our intervention foreign policy….we need a fresh approach to the problems other than armed conflict and adventurism.

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Is ‘Star Wars’ Real?

I am one of the few bloggers that keeps warning the readers about the new arms race…into space….China has launched their own space station in competition with the other station out there, the ISS….the race is on!

We all know about the saga of the Skywalker family and the galaxy far far away…..but with our newest military branch, the Space Force, could the idea of a galactic war be in the making?

Russia and China have a joint plan to build a Lunar research station, a base that they intend to have ready for crewed visits by 2036. This would be the the only manned presence on the Moon, at least as is currently planned.

The Pentagon has other ideas, however, envisioning the US Space Force needing to treat the Moon as a “militarized front,” and that they need to prepare to fight an entire war on the Moon. They don’t single out the Russo-China base, but nothing else is on the Moon to fight right now.

The US proposal is plainly self-serving, coming from the Space Vehicles Directorate, and boiling down to needing space vehicles, since the US has yet to actually manufacture any costly space vehicles for warfare.

These sort of initiatives are a big part of what is likely to result of the Space Force, a continued litany of excuses to spend vast sums of money gearing up for nonsensical sci-fi wars across the solar system.

Terrestrial weapons projects often reach into the many billions of dollars, and investing in speculative technology to fight on other celestial bodies seem bound to quickly find themselves over-budget, with the only reassurance being that these wars are so unlikely.

(antiwar.com)

I have covered many times my thoughts on this whole damn idea of a space force…..https://lobotero.com/2020/12/20/old-profs-look-at-space-law-again/

There is a treaty that all this space jockeying violates a treaty signed back in the 1960s….

All this back and forth is getting closer and closer to an armed spacial conflict…..

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That Other ‘Pandemic’

No this is not a further saturation of Covid news…let’s be real….no one in Peoria gives a toss about Buffalo and their Covid response…..instead this is a post on another pandemic that gets NO press…..

A pandemic of sex assault in the military….and yes it is reaching pandemic portions…..

Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old Army specialist stationed at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas, was killed, a scathing official review found that “there was a permissive environment for sexual assault and sexual harassment.”

But Fort Hood was no outlier. Wherever you find US military personnel, you find sexual misconduct – at recruiting stations, boot camp, and the acclaimed academic bastions of the armed forces – the US Military Academy at West Point, the Air Force Academy and the Naval Academy at Annapolis; on bases in the United States and off them, too; in American cities and in foreign locales from Australia to the United Arab Emirates; in remote war zones and on ships at sea; among senior leadership and the against men and women, boys and girls, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and straight people.

Formal reports of sexual assaults by US military personnel have steadily increased since 2006. But the available figures are known to be drastic undercounts. The Veterans Administration reports that 1 in 4 women in the armed forces experience military sexual trauma (MST) – sexual assault or repeated threats of sexual harassment by fellow service members, while a 2016 meta-analysis of 69 studies to determine the prevalence of the assault of service members by their peers concluded that 38.4% of female military personnel and veterans are survivors.

A Pandemic of Sexual Assault in the Military?

Basically the military leaders are doing little to get justice for those attacked and in most cases are part of a massive cover-up.

We do not condone this is a civil society then why do we ignore it when it happens in the military?

This is a problem that is in desperately need of attention and a sustainable solution.

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Address Military Redundancy

These days of an ever expanding Defense budget and no plan to try and rein in the out of control spending….I had a thought…..

I have often asked myself the question about the amount of redundancy within the US military.

3 service Air Force, 4 separate special ops, on and on…….

Take armor for instance….the Army has its force and the Marines have theirs…..why?

Why not have one Air Force, 1 special ops, one armor?

Well the Marines have decided to end their armor program…..

Marine Corps M1A1 Abrams tanks of the 2nd Tank Battalion left Camp Lejeune, N.C., for the last time this week as part of the service’s sweeping modernization plan that envisions a more agile force.

Tank units on the East and West coasts shuttered this month and began hauling their armor to military depots, the service said.

The Marine Corps will eventually divest of all three of its active tank battalions as it moves from a “second land army” back to its maritime roots of defending ships at sea, island-hopping and battling for contested coastlines, in preparation for potential conflict with near-peer adversaries such as China.

“We have sufficient evidence to conclude that this capability, despite its long and honorable history in the wars of the past, is operationally unsuitable for our highest-priority challenges in the future,” Commandant Gen. David Berger wrote of the tanks in a March plan for the service’s overhaul. “Heavy ground armor capability will continue to be provided by the U.S. Army.”

https://www.stripes.com/news/marine-corps/a-farewell-to-armor-marine-corps-shuts-down-tank-units-hauls-away-m1a1s-1.639355

I believe this is a good idea that needs to expand to a re-evaluation of the military and determine where money can be saved and end the redundancies.

Of course the M-IC will start to panic at the prospect of the loss of profit……but sorry this country needs an upgrade far more pressing than some fighter jet that cost too damn much to be useful.  (F-35)…..a little consolidation could solve so many fiscal problems……sadly this is a dream that will never be realized…too many chiefs want to keep their position of power and the country can be damned.

It is the 21st century and time for the US to stop believing that the next war will be a repeat of World War Two in tactics.

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More Bounties Claim

Closing Thought–25Aug20

Recently news has been circulating around the internet about Russia paying bounties on US soldiers.

I have written on this report……https://lobotero.com/2020/07/03/the-bounty-thing/

Now the propaganda machine has picked a new foe for the bounty thing….this time it is Iran…..

US intelligence agencies assessed that Iran offered bounties to Taliban fighters for targeting American and coalition troops in Afghanistan, identifying payments linked to at least six attacks carried out by the militant group just last year alone, including a suicide bombing at a US air base in December, CNN has learned.

“Bounties” were paid by a foreign government, identified to CNN as Iran, to the Haqqani network — a terrorist group that is led by the second highest ranking leader of the Taliban — for their attack on Bagram Air Base on December 11, which killed two civilians and injured more than 70 others, including four US personnel, according to a Pentagon briefing document reviewed by CNN.
The name of the foreign government that made these payments remains classified but two sources familiar with the intelligence confirmed to CNN that it refers to Iran.
 
Really?
 
This report co,mes at a time when some sort of diversion is needed from the travesty the Trump is creating around the election.
 
Bounties?
 
You mean like the ones the US offers for enemies?  Of wait we call those “reward”….if it is “dead or alive” then it is a bounty.
 
Bounties?  You mean like the ones that the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese offered for certain US troops during the war?
 
My point is that this is NOTHING new….but it does help fuel the rhetoric on Russia/Iran as our enemies.

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Closing Thought–17Jun19

Something we hear very little about these days, with all the election and legal wrangling to news of our War on Terror……believe it or not we are still trying to counter terrorism across the world………and as a law the president must inform Congress of our efforts as a national security thing…..

The text of the letter sent by President to the Congress outlining the US military efforts across the world……

Dear Madam Speaker:    (Dear Mr. President:)

I am providing this supplemental consolidated report, prepared by my Administration and consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), as part of my efforts to keep the Congress informed about deployments of United States Armed Forces equipped for combat.

MILITARY OPERATIONS IN SUPPORT OF UNITED STATES COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS

In furtherance of counterterrorism efforts, the United States continues to work with partners around the globe, with a particular focus on the United States Central and Africa Commands’ areas of responsibility. In this context, the United States has deployed United States combat-equipped forces to conduct counterterrorism operations and to advise, assist, and accompany security forces of select foreign partners on counterterrorism operations. Specific information about counterterrorism deployments to select countries is provided below, and a classified annex to this report provides further information.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/text-letter-president-speaker-house-representatives-president-pro-tempore-senate-6/

This is a good idea but my question is…what about the troops in Central Asia….are they not armed and ready for combat?

Space: The New Frontier?

Note:  This is a long read with many references but if you are interested in this situation they are well worth the attention to read….

Our Dear Supreme Leader has stated that he wants to make yet another branch of military service……a Space Force…..not an original idea…..actually it was proposed by the Obama administration…..in 2009 I wrote about the proposal…..https://lobotero.com/2009/01/06/militarization-of-space/

Space might be the final frontier, but it is also now on the verge of becoming a well-worn bureaucratic path. Military and civilian leaders are currently working through the details of proposals to create an independent service dedicated to space within the next two years. This would be the first new military branch since the Air Force spun off from the Army in 1947. Pentagon planners estimate it would cost upwards of $13 billion over the next five years to establish the Space Force as a separate service branch, although history suggests the real cost will be many times that.

https://www.pogo.org/analysis/2018/10/space-force-a-historical-perspective/

There is a necessity for Space Power, right?

The mystery of space has always been the subject of intrigue and wonder for mankind. Today is no different, and new technological capabilities raise the question, “How can space be utilized most effectively on a global scale?” As countries scramble to develop and maintain space assets, as well as compete with each other for advantage and prestige, a lack of order and regulation remains within the space domain. Currently, no unified or coherent space theory exists directing how the domain should be controlled and utilized. This problem is one of the many with which the United States must wrestle as it seeks to create an independent space service. Toward that end, this article reviews current theory and, it is to be hoped, provides the next space theorist an adequate starting point which might assist in creating a lasting and universally accepted unified theory of spacepower.

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2018/11/13/in_search_of_space_power_theory_113952.html

Since very few people are taking this seriously…I thought IST should keep an eye on this situation…….

One of the issues that will face the new Congress is the creation of a new military service: the U.S. Space Force.

Recently, Vice President Mike Pence chaired the fourth meeting of the National Space Council. The council is comprised of key elements of the U.S. government that are involved with space, and includes not only the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretaries of state and defense, but also the secretaries of commerce, transportation, and homeland security, as well as the director of national intelligence, the director of the Office of Budget and Management, the head of NASA, and the national security and homeland security advisers.

The venue was significant — Roosevelt Hall at the National War College. Established in 1946, the National War College seeks to train the next generation of senior officers and national security civilians in the ways of grand strategy, including how to balance resources available against requirements. Thus, the announcement that the National Space Council would unanimously endorse the creation of the new Space Force was intended to send a strategic signal.

https://www.westernjournal.com/space-force-coming-us-needs/

Is there truly a Space Force on the Launching Pad?

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the fourth meeting of the National Space Council, a White House advisory group charged with making recommendations about America’s activities in space. This summer, President Trump called for the establishment of a new branch of the military, a US Space Force, to protect American interests there. Thus far, only a few pollsters have explored the public’s awareness of the plan and support for it.

To understand current attitudes, it helps to look at how Americans have viewed space exploration over time. In 1955, when Gallup asked Americans whether “men in rockets will be able to reach the moon” in the next 50 years, 38% said they would, but 51% said they would not. A few years later in 1961, 65% approved of the country’s attempt to send a man into space, while 20% disapproved.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bowmanmarsico/2018/10/30/a-space-force-on-the-launch-pad/#3bea060239c1

The problem when space is involved is the line between military and civilian……the lines are getting more and more blurred…..

Vice President Mike Pence recently was asked by Washington Post reporter Robert Costa: “What will the Space Force do?”

In his response, Pence did not run down a list of duties that might be assigned to the new military branch. But he did comment extensively on why he and the president feel strongly that a Space Force should be established.

It all started on the campaign trail in 2016, Pence recalled. “The president and I had a conversation about his interests in really reviving American leadership in space, and particularly when it came to human space exploration. … And we both shared a concern that while America continues to be dominant in space, in terms of technology, in terms of our accomplishments, that we were losing momentum in recent years; that America had essentially been consigned to low-Earth orbit, and we actually off-lined our own platforms when we grounded the shuttle program,” said Pence. “The president saw all of that as intolerable.”

https://spacenews.com/space-force-discussions-increasingly-blur-the-line-between-military-and-civilian-space/

AS I waited to see if there is more on the new branch of the military I came upon this article…..it seems that the Pentagon may be deadly serious about a new branch and starting in 2019 it will be forefront….

The Pentagon is moving at a good clip to establish a U.S. Space Command and a Space Development Agency in early 2019, said Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

During a meeting with reporters on Thursday at the Pentagon, Shanahan spoke with a sense of urgency about the DoD space reorganization.

“I’d love to make it this year,” he said of standing up a Space Development Agency to take over the procurement of next-generation technologies. While creating a Space Force as a separate military service requires new legislation, the Space Command and the Space Development Agency can be set up using existing executive authorities.

There is likely to be congressional resistance to forming a new military branch, but Shanahan said he expects no push-back on Space Command or on the Space Development Agency.

https://spacenews.com/major-moves-in-dod-space-reorganization-to-start-in-early-2019/

IST will try to keep its readers informed on this topic…..too many are laughing it off….we are not.

All the news no one can use!

To The Stars And Beyond!

The Dear Leader has proposed a 5th military service…a Space Corps….being opinionated SOB so my readers know that I must have written on this subject….and they would be correct…..

https://lobotero.com/2018/06/20/to-infinity-and-beyond/

https://lobotero.com/2018/07/17/enter-starship-troopers/

But this idea is not a Trump idea……you see our Dear Leader stole it from one Obama….you know the guy he blames for everything that goes wrong……but in the mood of fair play I thought I would let my readers check out a post from 9 years ago……

https://lobotero.com/2009/01/06/militarization-of-space/

I give you all this background because of something that I read while surfing the other day…….did you know that there is an actually treaty on outer space?

One theme considered at ASPI’s recent annual Building Australia’s Strategy for Space conference was the growing importance of space law as space becomes more contested, congested and competitive. The basis of space law remains the 1967 Outer Space Treaty (OST), but a lot has happened since it was signed. Perhaps it’s time to review and refresh the treaty.

Article IV of the OST states that….

States Parties to the Treaty undertake not to place in orbit around the Earth any objects carrying nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction, install such weapons on celestial bodies or station weapons in outer space in any other manner.The moon and other celestial bodies shall be used … exclusively for peaceful purposes. The establishment of military bases, installations and fortifications, the testing of any type of weapons and the conduct of military manoeuvres on celestial bodies shall be forbidden …

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articles/2018/07/17/avoiding_a_free-for-all_the_outer_space_treaty_revisited_113615.html

Sorry but the US, China and Russia have been putting stuff in orbit for decades and yet NO one has ever confirmed that the old treaty was violated……of course it was!

I agree that a new treaty needs to be voted on but knowing the world these days I do not see any chance of an all encompassing treaty….do you?

FYI……http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/spacelaw/treaties/introouterspacetreaty.html

I really would like my readers thoughts on this…..

Subject Update…..they may have found a way to avoid implementing a Space Force……

The joint House-Senate committee working on the final language of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has declined to include any funding for the creation of he US Space Force, which President Trump announced last month.

Trump had promised that the Space Force would be like the US Air Force, calling it “separate, but equal.” Congress was openly skeptical in the debates, and the final version didn’t offer any direct funding for the plan.

Instead, the committee report instructs Defense Secretary James Mattis to come up with specific plans for warfighting in space, a plan which Congress would use in subsequent years to debate possible funding for the program.

(antiwar.com)

It is that easy….No Money, No Action!

And more was written after the draft and the update……the first report is from a defense sector site…..

The U.S. Defense Department this week will take the first steps to create the Space Force, a new branch of the military ordered up by President Trump but not yet fully backed by Congress.

In coming months, Defense Department leaders plan to stand up three of the four components of the new Space Force: a new combatant command for space, a new joint agency to buy satellites for the military, and a new warfighting community that draws space operators from all service branches. These sweeping changes — on par with the past decade’s establishment of cyber forces — are the part the Pentagon can do without lawmakers’ approval.

https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2018/07/pentagon-create-space-force/150157/

After reading the attempt to start the forming process another report came out……

A military branch for space might indeed be necessary for the United States to maintain its superpower status in the final frontier. But the Pentagon and Congress should not rush to create a Space Force without at least weighing the downsides, experts caution.

President Trump on June 18 ordered the Pentagon to form a sixth branch of the military dedicated to space, and Congress is poised to back that request with legislation that would be included in the 2020 defense policy bill.

The president thrust the Space Force into the limelight, but neither the administration nor Congress has clearly defined its mission, said Brian Weeden, program director at the Secure World Foundation.

https://spacenews.com/national-security-experts-throw-cold-water-on-space-force-euphoria/

The news breaks quicker than I can type…..

The highly anticipated report due to Congress this week on how the Pentagon hopes to craft a future “‘Space Force” has been delayed, officials said Tuesday.

“We are in the final coordination stages of the report to Congress on the recommended organization and management structure of space components for the Department of Defense,” Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said in an email. “We will release the report when coordination is complete, which we anticipate will be soon.”