(RoyalPatriot.com )- According to a space and security expert, US policymakers must come up with a better space strategy to counter any possible threats from China.
In an interview over the weekend, Brandon Wiechert, the author of “Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower,” said that in order to “fight and win a space war” against the US, the first thing the CCP would do is launch a Pearl Harbor-style attack on US satellites.
Wiechert warned that the US is not prepared to defend itself or retaliate should China or even Russia try this “during a geopolitical crisis.”
Unlike NASA which is a civilian agency, the CCP’s China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) is a part of the CCP’s Central Military Commission – the agency within the Chinese Communist Party that oversees the Chinese Military.
What concerns Weichert are two Chinese space technologies that he believes could be used to cripple US satellites. The first is the giant robotic arm attached to the CCP space station which has the capacity to lift objects weighing up to 20 tons.
Weichert believes that while the robotic arm could be used to help ships dock to the station, it also has the capacity to simply “pluck our satellites” out of orbit or sabotage them.
In Senate testimony in April, General James Dickson, a commander from US Space Command, expressed similar concerns, telling Senators this robotic arm “could be used in a future system for grappling other satellites.”
The second Chinese technology Weichert said poses a threat to US satellites is lasers.
The CCP, according to Weichert, has discussed installing large lasers once their space station is completed. While these lasers could possibly be used to clear orbital debris, they could, during wartime, be used to disable US satellites in orbit.
The disabling or destruction of US satellites would cripple not only vital communications, but also the US economy, Weichert warns. And as the US dials back its space program, China is building it up. Weichert warns that while the CCP still lags behind the US, they are rapidly catching up.