War games in space

The u.S. Air force conducted the first crude simulation game to prepare for military conflict in space

Donald rumsfeld, the new u.S. Secretary of defense, not only advocates, like president bush, the construction of a national missile defense shield nmd, but has more strongly than his predecessors discovered space as the site of future wars. A commission he has long headed warned that the u.S. Could face a pearl harbor in space "pearl harbor" if military superiority was not secured there (pearl harbor in space). Not only has the air force recently established a space weapons division, but last week it conducted its first full-scale, multi-day war game pitting a red superpower against a blue superpower in space.

Defense support program (dsp) satellites

The military has also become more public-spirited, and for at least a few hours has allowed journalists into the air force’s otherwise highly shielded base near colorado springs. Quickly attracting attention to its own activities could help the air force not only to obtain more funding, but also to fend off possible plans to establish a separate "space force" set up.

At the "schriever 2001 wargame" 250 military and civilians participated for 5 days to explore how to secure satellites and repel attacks from enemies in a 2017 scenario. What happens if the contact to the gps fails, the space station is threatened or terrorists paralyze reconnaissance satellites?? The red superpower, whose identity should not have been difficult to guess, has a smaller neighboring country – the "brown" -, whose identity is also not difficult to guess, threatened.

Tactical high energy laser shoot-down

Of course, in 2017 there are far more satellites and weapons systems in space. Adversaries can launch small satellites against reconnaissance or communications satellites to disrupt or destroy them. Laser beams can at least override the satellite cameras from the surface of the earth. The "blue" already have the missile defense shield, but also reusable space vehicles to quickly put new satellites into orbit or repair damaged ones. Allegedly, it was also about the fact that the opponents had information weapons to paralyze the computer systems. But no one, according to the washington post, wanted to talk about it closer.

The simulation game, developed by robert hegstrom, naturally included the role of commercial satellites in the conflict. Thus, the blues demanded that the operators not provide information to the reds, while the latter tried to buy up all services in order to hinder the blues. The blues bid against it, and it became expensive. Moreover, the players of the satellite operators coldly said that they would honor their contracts, which only indicates that in the event of a conflict, it is also necessary to ensure good relations with the business community.

Milstar satellite communications system

However, the game did not end in war. Deterrence still worked, so the reds did not send long-range missiles, which means that, in addition to all other measures, the missile defense shield is also necessary. But journalists were unable to get more specific details, apart from the fact that many of the systems also under development in the air force, such as laser weapons or reusable space vehicles, will be put to good use in the future and that too little has been invested in space so far. It was emphasized, however, that space armament could rather lead to the avoidance of wars through deterrence: "it showed", according to former air force general thomas moorman, who plays the political leader of the blue party, "that space gives you a lot of options before you have to enter a conflict."

The iraq and kosovo wars had shown how important communications and reconnaissance satellites have already become, without which nothing works anymore. Europeans have also woken up because they have seen that they are too dependent on the americans here and have not been provided with enough information. Therefore, the eu also wants to invest more in space armament, in reconnaissance satellites and its own gps system (europe needs a new space policy; the eu wants to create its own global positioning system).

The result of the american war game was that the us systems in space are too easy to disrupt or override, that the dependence on private sector operators of satellite services is very rough. When the space unit was set up, it was announced that "futuristic" weapons systems that only needed to be tested (of u.S. Freedom in space).

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