Military Gears Up for Space Warfare

Chinese anti-satellite missile / V1CN News

Pentagon, military, and intelligence officials outlined plans on Wednesday for warfare in space and warned China not to attack U.S. satellites in any future conflict.

“The threats are real, they’re technologically advanced and they’re a concern,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space, in testimony before a House subcommittee. “We are quickly approaching the point where every satellite in every orbit can be threatened.”

Putin’s Way of War

Vladimir Putin

For some time now, it has been acceptable to argue in polite company that a conflict between major powers is unlikely. Terrorism, state collapse, and ungoverned regions—all combined with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction—constitute, in this consensus, the clearest and most present dangers to the security of America and the liberal world order.

How would a major power, theoretically led by rational actors, actually hope to achieve anything by military aggression against a peer, given that a major war is very likely to wreck the global economy, not to mention the devastating possibility than such a conflict could quickly escalate to involve WMDs? As noted military theorist Lt. Commander Ron Hunter once put the matter, “In the nuclear world, the true enemy is war itself.”

Suspicion Lingers After Arrest of Suspects in Nemtsov Murder

Suspects in the murder of Boris Nemtsov sit in a Russian courtroom. / AP

Despite the recent arrests of five suspects hailing from the Chechen region of southern Russia in the murder of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition politician murdered in downtown Moscow on February 28, and the suicide of another suspect following a confrontation with police, commentators, including the United Kingdom’s former ambassador to Russia, have noted that some continue to lay blame at the feet of the Kremlin.

Russia Starts Nationwide Show of Force

Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) – More than 45,000 Russian troops as well as war planes and submarines started military exercises across much of the country on Monday in one of the Kremlin’s biggest shows of force since its ties with the West plunged to Cold War-lows.

Moscow’s Declining Arms Exports

Vladimir Putin and Sergei Chemezov  / AP

Kiev—Sanctions imposed on Russia after its invasion and occupation of both the Crimea and eastern Ukraine have had a negative impact on Russia’s defense industry, cutting off the supply of many important manufacturing components and leaving Moscow’s arms makers ready to consider fulfilling contracts for Iran.

U.S. to Send More Non-Lethal Aid to Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels observe the area at a front line outside the village of Molochnoye, north-east from Donetsk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is preparing to send additional non-lethal aid to Ukraine, including unarmed drones and Humvee vehicles, a U.S. defense official said on Wednesday.

U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Ukrainian Rebels, Russian Bank

Pro-Russian rebels talk on their position on a front line outside the village of Molochnoye, north-east from Donetsk, March 8

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday placed sanctions on eight Ukrainian separatists and a Russian bank, warning that recent attacks by rebels armed by Russia violated a European-brokered ceasefire in the war-torn country.