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We welcomed Chris Stone back to the show for updates with national security space, DOD space, the Air Force, the development of a Space Guard program and much more. During the first segment of our nearly 101 minute program, Chris talked about the recent congressional hearings, the likely space national security policy going forward, and the soon to be revised National Space Council. This discussion covered most of the first segment. Later in the segment, Chris was asked about the possibility of an EMP attack on the United States. He said while possible, there were cyber ways to diminish or take out our power grid so being vulnerable to an EMP was not our only vulnerability. He also talked about the advent of kinetic kill interceptors and seeing the space environment as a multi-layered attack and defense environment.
In the second segment, Chris started out talking about positives going on with national security space. One positive he mentioned was FY18 and related budget items and said this was the first time these issues were billed as a major force in the space budget. In the past he said they showed up as virtual concerns. Chris also talked about a shift in logic, the change in perspective on codes of conduct and more. Be sure to listen to his second segment opening comments. You do not want to miss what he had to say.
Listener Bill in Chicago sent in a note wanting to know how the Russians organized their space systems. Chris had much to say on this including Russian nuclear issues and their reinstating orbital space bombs or the "fractional" bomb.
Harold sent in a note wanting to know if commercial interests were at risk. Chris talked about it being wise to have a defense capability for commercial interests and eventually humans in space. Don't miss this discussion. Later in the segment, I asked if such a capability should include a rescue capability. Don't miss his comments on that either.
We talked about the issue of modifying the Outer Space Treaty (OST) for property rights and commercial programs. Chris did not see the commercial sector wanting to do that at this time.
I asked Chris about China and their Moon policy. Chris had much to say about this, including the possibility of their doing mining on the Moon. Don't miss this short segment but above all, don't dismiss the Chinese lunar ambitions.
Near the end of the program, a listener wanted to know if there had been any interest or discussion from the private companies about the need for a Space Guard, rescue services or anything of that nature. She specifically asked about Mr. Musk but included other big commercial players. Chris had much to say on this topic too but in summary, he was not aware of any such talks or discussions so far.
Near the end of the program, Chris talked about his Wordpress blog, Real Space Strategy and his Facebook page by the same name. You should check them out on a regular basis as he posts on these and related topics in details when there is news to report.
Before the show ended, Chris mentioned Turkey wanting to build a launch capability. He went over some the problems with this and the MTCR Treaty that causes concerns. Developing such a capability leads to an ICBM. Much of the Turkish missile capability is still unknown but this bears watching with interest.
Please post your comments/questions on TSS blog. You can reach Chris Stone through me, his Facebook site, or his Wordpress. blog.