The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has just announced the creation of a military in space to ensure North American geopolitical domination on the planet.
It is about what he defines as an “Air Force” on land and a “Space Force” in the terrestrial stratosphere.
He calls it the “Sixth Column”. It seems to be the emboldened response to Vladimir Putin’s boastful revelations about the new Russian armaments with far-reaching technologies. Dramatized with suggestive three-dimensional animations, it seems evident that the cunning Russian Czar astonished the world and made his counterpart in the West tremble with his threatening first message of State, after his comfortable electoral victory.
Interestingly enough, Trump’s announcement is released precisely when the US government was scheduled to receive one of two batches of Russian-made rockets.
According to the Russian news agency, Sputnik News, the United States will acquire such rocket engines through RD Amross, a US-Russian joint venture. Specifically, the RD-180 and RD-181 rocket engines manufactured by the Russian multinational company, Energomash (with presence in more than 60 countries) are used to deliver heavy loads to space aboard the so-called Atlas V, the only American vehicle that now can send large payloads into space and that, presumably, will fall under the control of the new United States Space Force.
By the way, according to the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, David Goldfein, in a testimony in Congress last month, the armed forces aspire to have American-made rockets, similar to the Russians by 2020.
Apparently, POTUS is willing to ensure its military hegemony, breaking with another international agreement, without any consideration. It is the “Treaty on the Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies”, adopted by the United Nations and endorsed by 104 nations which was signed and enacted in 1967.
The treaty was intended to guarantee the peaceful exploration of space, as well as provide a lasting framework on the behavior of nations in Earth orbit. The treaty was translated into a list of principles on what nations can and can not do in space and in “other worlds”.
Some of the agreements of the Outer Space Treaty are as follows:
1. All nations must have free access to space, but only “for the benefit and interest of all countries,” without claiming any property.
2. Countries must “avoid harmful pollution” from celestial bodies, making sure that the space materials they bring to Earth do not harm the planet.
3. Nations should be responsible for their actions in space, including non-governmental activities, such as the actions of commercial companies.
And the fourth and most fundamental of the agreements: MASS DESTRUCTION ARMS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN ORBIT.
In 1967, when the treaty was signed, the Cold War was in full swing.
Both the United States and the former Soviet Union – now the Russian Federation – wanted to avoid the expansion of the arms race in space territory. As technologies in space exploration developed more advanced, there was a concern that the Earth’s orbit would provide a completely new area from which to wield weapons of mass destruction.
That diplomatic initiative was mature and pertinent then, and it is now, as a matter of urgency.
It seems that Washington has a short memory when it comes to maintaining its indisputable geopolitical hegemony.