first-strike on Russia: a new SATCOM Satellite


Richard Moore


This new Boeing satellite will be an important component in the Pentagon's 
preparations for a first-strike attack on Russia. The satellite will perform a 
function much like that of  an Internet Router. It will gather real-time video 
streams (along with other data) from numerous 'system units', on the ground and 
in space, and relay all the streams down to Command HQ. The streams can of 
course go in both directions.

Some system units might be passive data collectors of various kinds, such as 
satellite cameras, drone observation craft, seismic stations, CCTV cameras on 
the ground, or individual spies or microphones behind enemy lines. Other system 
units might be more active, such as drone killer-planes, cruise missiles, 
space-based attack lasers, stealth bomber wings, naval units, or individual 
saboteurs behind enemy lines. With the help of the satellite, operators at HQ 
will be able to monitor and control every detail of a large-scale offensive. 
They'll be able to re-route cruise missiles in flight, in response to rapidly 
changing mission requirements. They'll be aware of every enemy missile that gets
launched, and they'll be able to adjust their anti-missile tactics in real time 
in response.

All of these capabilities are essential if there is to be any hope of 
annihilating a large, well-armed, enemy state such as Russia or China, without 
sustaining unacceptable losses oneself. This is what Star Wars has been about 
from the beginning, and work has been continuing covertly ever since Reagan 
initiated the program. The missile systems planned for Poland and the Czech 
Republic are of course part of this same system, as Putin well knows.

The fact that Australia is funding this particular satellite calls into question
the progressive credentials of this new leader they elected down there, who 
everyone seems to have such high hopes for, the one who was supposedly a 'fresh 
new voice' in the recent climate-change confab in Bali.


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Boeing to Build a Sixth Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 21, 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that 
the U.S. Air Force has exercised an option for a sixth Wideband Global SATCOM 
(WGS) satellite and has authorized Boeing to begin construction. The 
Commonwealth of Australia is funding the procurement as part of a cooperative 
agreement between the U.S. and Australian governments. The satellite is expected
to launch in the fourth quarter of 2012.

"This is a unique, win-win arrangement between the Australian and U.S. 
governments, and Boeing is honored to support it," said Howard Chambers, vice 
president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. "A sixth
WGS satellite adds to the system's overall capacity and flexibility and will 
benefit both U.S. armed forces and our allies."

A memorandum of understanding signed by both governments on Nov. 14 adds 
Australian Defence Force access to WGS services worldwide in exchange for 
funding the constellation's sixth satellite. The advance procurement contract 
enables Boeing to obtain long-lead materials for the satellite. The six WGS 
satellites are valued at US$1.8 billion, which includes associated ground-based 
payload command and control systems, mission unique software and databases, 
satellite simulators, logistics support and operator training. Boeing also 
performs final satellite processing and preparations for launch, as well as 
initial orbital operations and on-orbit testing.

"The WGS program office is very excited about this new partnership," said Col. 
Donald W. Robbins, U.S. Air Force commander, Wideband SATCOM Group. "We look 
forward to fielding the sixth WGS satellite."

The sixth WGS satellite, a Block II version, will carry the radio frequency (RF)
bypass capability designed to support airborne intelligence, surveillance and 
reconnaissance platforms requiring additional bandwidth. The RF bypass supports 
data rates of up to 311 Megabits per second, more than 200 times faster than 
most cable or DSL connections. Boeing will design and manufacture the 702 model 
spacecraft at its satellite factory in El Segundo, Calif.

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket successfully launched the first WGS 
satellite Oct. 10 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base, Fla. It is now in 
geosynchronous orbit undergoing rigorous testing and is expected to begin 
service in the first quarter of 2008.

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