The US Air Force has proposed piggybacking nuclear command and control onto the rising community of economic satellites, floating the thought as a money-saving chance as its nuclear infrastructure decays into obsolescence.
“One of the areas that I feel we’re going to have the opportunity to leverage considerably is…the speedy and thrilling growth of economic area and bringing low-earth orbit capabilities that can permit us to have the resilient pathways to talk,” Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein instructed an viewers on the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies on Wednesday. “Whether it is Silicon Valley or industrial area, there are limitless alternatives forward proper now for us by way of how we expect in another way on issues like nuclear command-and-control.”
Staring down a steep price ticket – the Congressional Budget Office estimated in January that it could value $494 billion over the subsequent 9 years for the Department of Defense and Department of Energy to replace and modernize the “nuclear triad,” which consists of bombers and ICBMs (each operated by the Air Force) and nuclear submarines (operated by the Navy) – the Air Force is casting a jealous eye on the industrial area trade. The Air Force is already wanting to “save prices and optimize finest practices” by discovering synergies with the Navy, Goldfein identified – why not take the additional step and capitalize off present industrial area infrastructure?
Asked whether or not private companies would possibly balk at permitting their communications satellites to be used to launch nuclear weapons and doubtlessly annihilating life on earth, Goldfein dismissed the likelihood, arguing “patriotism” would carry the day. “I actually suppose we will come to that frequent floor as a result of I see no scarcity of patriotism in trade wherever,” he declared.
Besides, it is not just like the Air Force would truly be utilizing these satellites to launch nukes – it is simply in case the principle nuclear communications satellites get knocked out by the unhealthy guys, Goldfein continued: “We need to get to some extent…the place if some portion of the community is taken out…I’ve obtained 5 different pathways” to relay nuclear instructions.