By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch
Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security… When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space.
Donald Trump said this in June. It was why he announced plans for a Space Force.
The Space Force, as I’m sure you’ve heard, would be the newest branch of the military. Its purpose is—you guessed it—to defend space.
Now, I’ll admit it. I didn’t take the Space Force seriously when Trump announced his plans for it three months ago. But I no longer feel that way.
I say this because it’s now clear to me that conflict in space isn’t just possible… It’s probable. You could even make the case that it’s an immediate threat to America.
That probably sounds like fearmongering. But consider this…
• Russia launched a mysterious object into space last year.
I’m talking about a satellite known as Kosmos 2519.
At the time, the world didn’t know the purpose of this satellite. Only the Russians did.
But recent intelligence now suggests Kosmos 2519 could be a weapon. Yleem Poblete, Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, warned at a conference last month:
We are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behavior by a declared ‘space apparatus inspector.’ We don’t know for certain what it is, and there is no way to verify it.
Poblete said that recent U.S. intelligence indicates that this satellite could be surveilling U.S. space assets (i.e. satellites), possibly in preparation for an attack. Quartz reported last month:
Such a vehicle could be used for many purposes: To perform maintenance on or re-fuel older satellites, extending their lives, or to clean up space debris, even sending old satellites to storage orbits or to burn up in the atmosphere. It could also be used to spy on other satellites and attack them with lasers, robotic manipulators or simply by crashing into them.
This sounds like something out of a James Bond movie. But regular readers know it’s only a matter of time before something like this happens.
• Doug Casey recently told me that the militarization of space was inevitable…
Here’s an excerpt from our conversation on the Space Force:
Ever since the days of the cavemen, warriors have striven to control the high ground—and space is the ultimate high ground.
So this is ramping up the arms race in a big way. And I don’t see how you can stop it. Governments get in wars with each other for a living; it’s their raison d’être. It’s been that way for thousands of years. No different from Game of Thrones, to use an analogy that’s more meaningful to the average sports fan.
Of course, you’re probably wondering, “Why militarize space? What’s the motivation?” It’s quite simple, really.
• Everyday life depends on space…
Pull your smartphone out of your pocket.
Can you imagine life without it? Most people can’t. They’d be completely lost without it, both literally and figuratively.
This is because smartphones keep us in contact with our family and friends. They help us get from point A to point B. They make it possible to hail an Uber with just a few clicks.
And that’s just one example of how dependent modern civilization is on space assets. Not to mention, the satellites in the sky also guide military missiles.
To say they’re strategically important is a massive understatement. If we lost contact with our satellites, all hell would break loose.
Unfortunately, it wouldn’t take much for that to happen. Strategic Investor editor E.B. Tucker explains:
If just a few of the 24 active GPS satellites go offline, devices will lose the ability to triangulate. That means they won’t know where they are anymore. Planes won’t know where they’re going, ships will go wayward, your cell phone won’t work, and the bank machine won’t dispense money because it thinks it’s 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 1900.
In other words, a coordinated attack on satellites could bring a country like the United States to its knees.
Still, most people won’t take this seriously… that’s because this threat sounds like something ripped from a science fiction novel. But this would almost certainly happen if a major conflict broke out.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned in February:
We assess that, if a future conflict were to occur involving Russia or China, either country would justify attacks against U.S. and allied satellites as necessary to offset any perceived U.S. military advantage derived from military, civil, or commercial space systems.
• The good news is that the U.S. government will do everything it can to prevent this…
It’ll invest heavily in defense systems as well as capabilities to attack other satellites.
E.B. agrees. He wrote in the latest issue of Strategic Investor:
There’s a new space race.
This race is for control of the air between Earth and outer space. Whoever wins will control world commerce. The U.S. knows the stakes. It also knows it’s facing more competition than it did in the race against the Soviets 50 years ago.
E.B.’s absolutely correct. Every major country in the world will vie for control of space. Doug thinks so, too:
The Chinese are space-capable. So, they’ll do it as well. The Indians are becoming space-capable. And, of course, the Europeans. Soon we’re going to have two, three, many different forces in space…
This is just the way these things happen. Somebody does A and somebody else has to do B to counter A. Then somebody else does C to counter B.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing the average person can do to prevent an all-out conflict in space. But you can turn this threat into huge profits. Be sure to read tomorrow’s Dispatch to learn how.
September 19, 2018
P.S. As I mentioned, E.B. has been covering this opportunity and sharing specific ways to profit with his Strategic Investor readers. And he just recommended two new companies poised to soar in the years ahead as this new space race heats up. Subscribers can catch up on his recent issues on the opportunity here and here.
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