There have been lots of developments taking place under the cover of the focus on the national election, and this article shared by T.S. is a case in point. In case you missed it, the U.S. Space Force has now officially established an intelligence branch, which becomes part of the U.S.A.'s burgeoning intelligence apparatus:
What I think is of interest here for our daily dose of high octane speculation is the rationale being advanced for the establishment of this office. To be sure, every military service branch has its own intelligence and counter-intelligence capability, so it should come as no surprise that the Space Force would get around to doing the same. And in that context, we get a more or less typical rationale for the office from the article:
Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond said the service stood up the U.S. Space Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Enterprise to support the intelligence community. The new office will focus on providing technical intelligence to defend space systems from anti-satellite weapons such as those being developed by China and Russia.
The rationale being offered is, in other words, an entirely plausible, though exclusively terrestrial, one, namely, Russian and Chinese anti-satellite systems, and the provision of technical intelligence about them.
However - and here comes today's high octane speculation - I strongly suspect there's much more behind this move than just the plausible terrestrial explanations, and that suspicion comes from the second and third components of the "Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Enterprise, namely, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Let's take the latter first, and then return to surveillance. Reconnaissance covers a multitude of military operations, from scouting enemy positions and installations, to territory, ground conditions, and so on. But it also can imply scouting for "assets" in the broader sense, i.e., outright exploration. In other words, under the aegis of this operational parameter, one could include the reconnaissance of celestial bodies, particularly with a view to determine the presence of installations or of a potential enemy. One need only think of the many strange pictures from the Moon, to Mars, and beyond (think of Iapetus, one of Saturn's moons), that seem to show indications of very old "things" on their surfaces. Additionally, one may think of all those "rich asteroids" out there that have made the news in recent years, sometimes valued in the quadrillions of dollars.
What I'm suggesting here is that the establishment of this intelligence office for the Space Force is about far more than merely terrestrial concerns and that, accordingly, one should expect to see careful and close coordination and liaison with NASA, the NRO, and other related space and financial agencies and departments of government.
Which brings us to the matter of surveillance. This too is a broad term, which can include surveillance of military assets such as ships, aircraft, troop deployments and so on. But in the intelligence context, can also include surveillance of individuals. What I have to wonder - and I am certain most readers of this site are probably wondering the same thing - is if this surveillance capability includes the latter and if, given the non-terrestrial aspects of reconnaissance I outlined above, if it includes surveillance of some non-terrestrial actor's ships, aircraft, troop deployments, or even "agents", as well?
Or to put my high octane speculations "country simple," I strongly suspect that what we're looking at here is the new UFO intelligence project and coordination office, one that certainly falls within the brief of the Space Force.
See you on the flip side...