While Blaming Trump For "Arms Race", Obama Signs Momentous "Star Wars II" Defense Bill

Tyler Durden's picture

As politicians and mainstream media blast Trump's apparently incendiary tweet regarding nuclear arms, none other than President Obama just signed legislation that, by striking a single word from longstanding US nuclear defence policy, could heighten tensions with Russia and China and launch the country on an expensive effort to build space-based defense systems.

Oh the irony... Following Trump's tweet...

The mainstream media has lambasted the president-elect for "endangering the world" and "starting another nuclear arms race." However, that same mainstream media appears mute in their response to what President Obama just did...

The National Defence Authorisation Act, a year-end policy bill encompassing virtually every aspect of the US military, contained two provisions with potentially momentous consequences. As AP reports,

One struck the word “limited” from language describing the mission of the country’s homeland missile defence system. The system is said to be designed to thwart a small-scale attack by a non-superpower such as North Korea or Iran.


A related provision calls for the Pentagon to start “research, development, test and evaluation” of space-based systems for missile defence.


Together, the provisions signal that the US will seek to use advanced technology to defeat both small-scale and large-scale nuclear attacks.


That could unsettle the decades-old balance of power among the major nuclear states.


Huge bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress approved the policy changes over the past month, with virtually no public debate.


Although the White House had earlier criticised the changes, it stopped short of threatening a veto. On Friday, Obama signed the legislation.

Leading defence scientists said the idea that a space-based system could provide security against nuclear attack is a fantasy...

“It defies the laws of physics and is not based on science of any kind,” said L. David Montague, a retired president of missile systems for Lockheed and co-chair of a National Academy of Sciences panel that studied missile defence technologies at the request of Congress.


“Even if we darken the sky with hundreds or thousands of satellites and interceptors, there’s no way to ensure against a dedicated attack,” Montague said in an interview. “So it’s an opportunity to waste a prodigious amount of money.”


He called the provisions passed by Congress “insanity, pure and simple.”


Republican Congressman Trent Franks, who introduced and shepherded the policy changes in the House, said he drew inspiration from former president Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defence Initiative of the 1980s, which was intended to use lasers and other space-based weaponry to render nuclear weapons “impotent and obsolete.” Known as “Star Wars”, the initiative cost taxpayers US$30 billion, but no system was ever deployed.

Philip E. Coyle III, a former assistant secretary of defence who headed the Pentagon office responsible for testing and evaluating weapon systems, described the idea of a space-based nuclear shield as “a sham”.

“To do this would cost just gazillions and gazillions,” Coyle said. “The technology isn’t at hand – nor is the money. It’s unfortunate from my point of view that the Congress doesn’t see that.”


He added: “Both Russia and China will use it as an excuse to do something that they want to do.”

Finally, when asked whether the country could afford it, Franks replied: “What is national security worth? It’s priceless."

Priceless indeed.

So who is "starting an arms race?"

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peddling-fiction's picture

What this means is that these funds are being re-allocated towards WWIII

beemasters's picture

This goes to further prove Democrats, Republicans are all under the control of the military industrial complex and those that profit bigly from wars....and I mean BIGLY.

Croesus's picture

Another item for the list of "a long trail of abuses"...

Simple prison terms are TOO GOOD for these traitors.

07564111's picture

This current US effort has been in progress for several years and, in part, was the reason for the mess in Ukraine. They not only wanted Sevastopol but also the Yevpatoria RT-70 which is highly capable of tracking US satellites.

Russia China and India are all developing anti-satellite missiles so this is money wasted.

caconhma's picture

As a former defense scientist, I can state that

- Space-deployed weapons systems are inevitable

- A country capable of gaining space weapon-systems superiority will dominate the World imposing their will on the rest

- Russia and China space capabilities are extremely rudimentary since they have no advanced scientific & engineering capabilities (manpower, knowhow, industrial infrastructure, etc.,)

StychoKiller's picture

Uh, WHICH country is supplying the rocketry to get to the ISS?   Keep up and take notes, because 'wishing' for the American Empire to never end ain't gonna get you very far.

Ecclesia Militans's picture

Uh, the Proton lift system used to replenish the ISS (and send European probes out of earth orbit for that matter) was developed back in the 1950s and 1960s.  Thanks to Richard Nixon, the United States stopped rocket development post-Apollo by focusing on low earth orbit missions from the reusable orbiter concept exemplified by the Space Shuttle.  When that strategy proved limited, another 1960s-era concept was re-started (the X-37C is the old Aurora made new) while several private and quasi-public ventures are perfecting new technologies, such as Space-X and the landable/reusable rocket booster systems.

Even though the new Orion rocket system is bing developed to take large packages to Mars (including manned missions) the fact is the old Saturn-V rocket was so overbuilt it was designed to make Mars a destination instead of the Moon.

So, to undercut your inference, the United States was more than capable of leaving the gravity well of Earth over 50 years ago.  Keep telling yourself that other nations are on par with that, and all you will do is serve to highlight your lack of awarenes in the matter.

By the way, of all of the landers sent to Mars and its moons, only a single nation has landed there successfully.  Care to take a guess what nation that is?

Space is the ultimate high ground.  The United States has dominated that region sor longer than anyone and will never surrender that advantage, for right or wrong. 

07564111's picture

RD-180..where would you be without them ;)


elmo jones's picture

Baikonur Plesetsk Tuyuratam. Russia invented Space Systems Engineering. Fucktard. What flunky projects did you get closeted into.

caconhma's picture

Wrong. Dr. Wernher von Braun and his team were responsible for NAZI, Soviet, and US space missiles programs. For a brief moment, Soviets were ahead US space efforts because the US government was against NAZI engineers leading US space efforts, and Wernher von Braun for ten years was doing nothing. Only after Soviets launches the Sputnik, Wernher von Braun got go ahead with US pace systems development and put N. Armstrong on the Moon.

Yes, today Lockheed Atlas V uses the late 1960s-designed Soviets RD-180 engines to launch today US space assets just because they are cheap.

After Dr. Wernher von Braun left NASA, American space launch program was in a deep shit! SDI was a propaganda program since it became obvious the Shuttle program was a total failure. To start a new SDI, America will have to undergo a major reorganization of NASA and Pentagon to start a new Space Race Activities similar to the "Apollo Moon Program".

MEFOBILLS's picture

caconhma, I suggest you should reconsider your stance:

The Soviets were more sophisticated than the American's understood.

The engines that came in from the cold.


In this documentary, American Engineers discuss how they had to eat humble pie.  It also calls into question how America designs and builds (Engineers design, then throw it over the wall to technicians) vs the Soviet approach (Test in real time, fail, then iterate the design).

The Soviets were not stupid people, and neither are today's Russians.




Oliver Jones's picture

I've seen that documentary, and it's one of my favourites: It just goes to show what happens when you try anyway, rather than accepting naysayers' assurances that what you're attempting is impossible.

However, Star Wars II isn't going to get the US anywhere against a Type 6.

Victor999's picture

If you are an example of the American scientific and technical community, I can readily see why Star Wars I failed and will fail again.

oncemore's picture

as a former defence scientist you know, that all, what has to do with space, is about weapons. Yes, even the weather satellites do.

as a former military scientist, you can recall, what did Russians launch into space, long ahead of skylab.

as a former military scientist, you know, that the weapons are already there in space, under the cover of a research and science.

you call to get the rudimentary engineering burning US soil to oblivion. Sad.

BrownCoat's picture

To point 3, the USSA WILL HAVE no advanced scientific and engineering capabilities because American schools propagandize students. American schools do not educate students with skills that can maintain America's scientific and engineering capabilities.

Beowulf55's picture

I think I saw this movie.....


....it was called GoldenEye.


And James Bond saved the world.


More popcorn.......

Hope Copy's picture

Better outlaw white paint and white paper.  LoL, a NeoCon without white paper.

Yuri Bezmenov's picture

You have forgotten zionist owned private FED..

max_leering's picture

which has NO winners... period!

navy62802's picture

This officially sanctions strategic space-based weapons. It is a major hostile action against all other nuclear powers in the world.

The technical ability to do this has been around for decades, but no president has been stupid enough to officially sanction such action. This legislation is going to open up an entirely new realm of technological warfare.

navy62802's picture

The genie is out of the bottle. No one can stop this now.

This is an irreversible decision made by an arrogant narcissist in order to make a name for himself on the way out the door. Fuck him.

GreatUncle's picture

Yep, fuck agreements, all bets are off now.


AriusArmenian's picture

Madness reigns in the US, the 'indispensable and exceptional' supremacist nation.

bruno_the's picture

Orlov explains it. Funny and good.

Is Obama a Russian Agent?

EDIT. Part of the article

"Perhaps the greatest achievement of his eight years has been the destruction of Libya. Under the false pretense of a humanitarian intervention what was once the most prosperous and stable country in the entire North Africa has been reduced to a rubble-strewn haven for Islamic terrorists and a transit point for economic migrants streaming into the European Union. This had the effect of pushing Russia and China together, prompting them to start voting against the US together as a block in the UN Security Council. In a single blow, Obama assured an important element of his legacy as a Russian agent: no longer will the US be able to further its agenda through this very important international body."

cherry picker's picture

Time America takes a fall and becomes a 'normal' country.

This 'super power' bullshit and false pride is a set up folks.

Don't think you will win this war that is coming and Obama is just helping it get started.

Do the world a favor and throw him in jail.

U4 eee aaa's picture

I would like to agree with you but if America goes down it will probably become some form of military dictatorship and that would probably be worse and even more dangerous

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) U4 eee aaa Dec 24, 2016 7:05 PM

not if.




look at all the fundamentals...america is a time bomb about to explode. very dark times are coming to america, i would leave the cities etc

drendebe10's picture

I vote yes but jail really too good for the illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker imbecile.

Giant Meteor's picture

What a fucking coincidence ...



GreatUncle's picture

The odds on humanity being destroyed by a meteor are rapidly shrinking.

Rapidly increasing odds of a nuclear holocaust and radiation flashes though.

Long lead, no not for bullets fools, for gamma radiation shielding /S

It will soon be more precious than fucking gold.



Mr.BlingBling's picture

The positive take is that this is a good bargaining 'chip' Trump can negotiate away.

Joyo Bliss's picture

Luckily, the MIC won't get too far into the project within 3 weeks.

cherry picker's picture

They say "God Bless America"

I have no quarrel with most Americans and do not wish them harm

However I ask the same God to stop this nonsense the government in Washington is pulling off.  National security is bullshit, after the nukes are done the enemy still has to come over and take the place, if there are any left on either side.

I say "God bless the good people on this world and do what you will with the rest of them"


lil dirtball's picture

Your asking God for half-measures. Man up.

I say, "God, please send a giant meteor on my pos. Repeat ... on my pos. This is my call, over."

I say this numerous times a day. Many times after reading comments by fellow citizens on the internet. While I am thankful that these people are not my neighbors, they may live within a few days walking distance and it's probably best if God just gave the planet a good scrubbing with fire anyhow.

s2man's picture

He will.  The first time was by water,  the second time will be by fire.

Sledge750's picture

God gave Noah the rainbow sign.


No more water, the fire next time.

drendebe10's picture

"Government is the problem."  R.Reagan

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Let me get this straight... we can't build a somewhat functional orbiting missile defense system... but we landed men on the moon 50 years ago?


Let's just build the missile defense system on a movie set. Worked like a charm 50 year ago, should work now.

rejected's picture

The U.S has to buy tickets to get to the space station. Are we going to get the Russians to launch these killer spacecraft as well. LOL.

shimmy's picture

So let me get this straight...Trump tries to be diplomatic with Russia and avoid war and gets blasted. Trump then responds to Putin's nuclear arms comment and in a way opposite of what he got blasted for and he gets....blasted.

So wrong to try and avoid war and wrong to be better prepared for war. Makes sense.

Nothing cultist about these libtards though.

Would rule if Trump found a way to end world hunger so I could see him get blasted for that. I don't care much for the guy but it is clear you have serious problems if you are blasting a guy for doing the very thing you say you want him to do which in this case is either try and avoid war or be better prepared for it.

As for this defense bill, nice job by the war mongers in congress. I am sure though that people won't put any blame on them for this and just blame that twat Obombya. 

fbazzrea's picture

 I am sure though that people won't put any blame on them for this and just blame that twat Obombya. 

i was thinking the same thing. non-liberals need to wake up too. it's not just Obomber. it's Congress and the Senate, as well. they're complicit. traitors. and where's our fourth estate? thankful for fake news sites like ZH. expect assault on that with the new infowars battle.

i hope the new majority will write legislation ending this POS MIC Christmas list Obomber and our traitorous "representatives" are checking off before 1/20/17.

Handful of Dust's picture

That's why so many snowflakes support Hillary and Soweto, because they are peace-loving people. One even won the Nobel Pizza Prize for invading more countries and bombing more people then Bush!

cmdr.paco's picture

Yeah!!! OBAMA bombed more people than Bush - THAT IS IT! We need TRUMP TO END THIS NOW!

GreatUncle's picture

The hypocrisy of the democrats the snowflakes support.

They voted for this.

indio007's picture

My God the he deep state is scared. They are trying to lock in their graft and corruption.

There is no "space" program.

There is one giant defense/aerospace subsidy scam.


“It defies the laws of physics and is not based on science of any kind,” said L. David Montague, a retired president of missile systems for Lockheed and co-chair of a National Academy of Sciences panel that studied missile defence technologies at the request of Congress.

Barack Obama's picture

If you like your Death Star you can keep your Death Star.

Where the hell is the open comments thread !

AE911Truth's picture

Mostly, those needless space based weapons will be aimed upward.

Tell Trump what you want him to do about this.

GreatUncle's picture

US military complex is now accelerating its weaponisation program ... now how do you like those you were supporting snowflakes and millenials?

ToSoft4Truth's picture

The U.S. has to control space.  Space based weapons make aeroplanes obsolete. 


Rail guns made their ships obsolete.