COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — While much of the talk around the Pentagon these days focuses on "transformation" of the military, some of the United States' closest allies worry about another buzzword being used in subtler ways at the National Reconnaissance Office: "negation." The nation's largest intelligence agency by budget and in control of all U.S. spy satellites, NRO is talking openly with the U.S. Air Force Space Command about actively denying the use of space for intelligence purposes to any other nation at any time—not just adversaries, but even longtime allies, according to NRO director Peter Teets. At the National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs in early April, Teets proposed that U.S. resources from military, civilian and commercial satellites be combined to provide "persistence in total situational awareness, for the benefit of this nation's war fighters." If allies don't like the new paradigm of space dominance, said Air Force secretary James Roche, they'll just have to learn to accept it. The allies, he told the symposium, will have "no veto power."
Wednesday, June 4, 2003
EE Times - U.S. 'negation' policy in space raises concerns abroad
Posted By Allen at 12:53 PM
This May 22, 2003 EE Times Article is about a new policy being put forth by the US. This policy states that the US needs to own all low orbit and polar orbital routs, and the US will work to ensure that it is the only country with intelligence access in space. This, it seems to me, would blow several treaties out of the water, and elevate a new type of arms race in space. Would the US go so far as to shoot down other countries satellites and spacecraft? Earlier this week the European Union launched the first in a series of missions to mars. China, India, Japan, and the EU are all aggressively pursuing space projects of their own. Does the US really belive that we can maintain our control of earth orbit? Here is a quote from the article: