SPAIN, USA TO SHARE SPACE MONITORING DATA
This very intriguing article appeared last month, two days before the "Apollo 10 Moon Music" article which we blogged about yesterday. In other words, this article and the "Moon Music" article appeared within two days of each other, and it is little things like this that cause me to sit up and take notice, and to wonder if one is not perhaps looking at a pattern of deliberate, slow releases of information that, while appearing normal and mundane in their own right, when connected to other stories about the same egenral topic that appear in more or less the same sort of time, might indicate that "something is going on out there, and it has 'them' concerned." Well, in that light, consider this article shared by Mr. T.M.:
There's a couple of paragraphs here that picqued my high octane speculation faculty, and they are these:
Nine nations have previously signed separate agreements with STRATCOM: the United Kingdom, South Korea, France, Canada, Italy, Japan, Israel, Germany and Australia, the release noted.
In addition, two intergovernmental organizations, the European Space Agency and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, as well as more than 50 commercial satellite providers, are already participating in data-sharing agreements with STRATCOM.
What's notable here is that the list of nations involved in the space data sharing basically constitute a who's who of the major economic powers of the West, so Spain's addition to this list is not that surprising. Nor is it surprising that all of this is being coordinated by STRATCOM(U.S. Strategic Command), for after all, any strategic attack from the west, whether terrestrial in origin or not, is likely to come through space.
What intrigues me more here is the participation of commercial satellite providers. Again, in one sense, this is not surprising, since any attacks on the west are also likely to be cooridnated with a blinding of satellite capability of any sort, military or otherwise.
None of this is what intrigues me. What intrigues me is that there is another way of looking at this, for such an integrated degree of data sharing, particularly with STRATCOM squatting in the middle of it, looks to me more like an attempt to dramatically increase the amount of available eyes to track... what? Granted, some satellites are more capable of tracking functions than others, but all of them have some capacity, if only in a passive way: if a satellite or cluster of satellites suddenly goes "down", then a hole or blind spot has been created. In short, I suspect that there's something else lurking behind this "coopertaion", something else other than merely insuring that Spain's satellites don't accidently bump into Australia's, for example. Maybe it's as simple as cataloguing what everyone says they have up there, and looking at anyh remainder, and wondering "where did that come from and who does it belong to?"
Maybe my intuitions here are all outof synch with reality(and it wouldn't be the first time), but they're telling me that there's more going on here than meets the eye, and those nations aren't telling. More importantly, STRATCOM is probably not being entirely forthcoming with them, either.
See you on the flip side...
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