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Secret US space programs to be declassified ?

By T.K. Randall
December 16, 2019 · Comment icon 12 comments

What has the US military been working on ? Image Credit: YouTube / Northrop Grumman
Key government officials have agreed on the importance of declassifying space-based US military projects.
Back in June 2018, the US President announced the formation of a new branch of the US military - a 'space force' that will help to prevent countries such as China and Russia taking the lead off-world.

But what about the secretive space programs that the US has decided not to divulge to the public ?

During a panel at the Reagan National Defense Forum earlier this month, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett argued in favor of the need to declassify information about such projects.

"Declassifying some of what is currently held in secure vaults would be a good idea," she said.

"You would have to be careful about what we declassify, but there is much more classified than what needs to be."
Another panelist - Rep. Mike Rogers - had the same idea. He recently met with Barrett to discuss the issue and described information on such programs as "overwhelmingly classified."

"As members of the Armed Services Committee and the defense appropriators, we get it," he said. "But we have to have our other colleagues in the Congress to be supportive of us making the changes we need and the resources we need into this."

"It's not going to happen until they understand the threat and the dependence we have. And I don't think that can happen until we see significant declassification of what we're doing in space and what China and Russia are doing, and how space is in their day-to-day lives."

It remains unclear when (or even if) such declassifications are likely to take place, however Barrett hinted that progress on the matter could be made as early as next year.

All we know for sure is that there is a great deal that the US government is choosing to keep secret.

Source: Defense News | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by and then 4 years ago
They have become pretty predictable when it comes to begging for cash    I'm sure there is legitimate need but they use that technique so often, even when budgets are already large that people begin to ignore their rhetoric.  My favorite "Captain Obvious" quote from the piece: "but there is much more classified than what needs to be."
Comment icon #4 Posted by and then 4 years ago
Interesting idea.  How do you define "space program"?  I recall when NASA was putting people on the moon in such an orderly process that TV - which was MUCH more limited then - began refusing to cover anything except liftoff and splash down.  The Congress, always looking for ways to spend money on votes, decided that after we'd beaten the Russians to the moon, why spend such huge amounts to keep doing the "same thing". I guess it's possible there's a covert program of exploration but it makes more sense that the black budgets would be for DARPA.  The military loves its toys.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Manwon Lender 4 years ago
  I am pretty certain that the current money being spent by congress is much more than trying to get votes concerning the current space programs. While they are talking about going back to the Moon and Mars those programs are controled by NASA and the current space programs run by the US Airforce are based upon weapons. I suspect that currently the space race is based upon Weapons Platforms. This has been a goal since President Reagans Star War program. While we all know that  at that time these spaced based weapons were in there infancy. However, today the technology needed exists, in ... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Manwon Lender 4 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by Manwon Lender 4 years ago
You are certainly right we have had a Secret Space Program this whole time. I also think that NASA could have been used as a distraction. These programs were started in the 1980s under the Regan administration, in there infancy they called it the Star Wars program. Now however these programs are run by the US Airforce, and they are designed to build space based weapons systems. See post 6 where I outline these weapons systems.
Comment icon #8 Posted by AllPossible 4 years ago
A documentary on Netflix called Unacknowledged is interesting. Although some seems far fetched its stilk informative
Comment icon #9 Posted by and then 4 years ago
I seem to recall that China has already tested anti-satellite weapons and been successful.  We may have that capability and the Pentagon just doesn't announce it.  I've also read about using hardened projectiles to strike targets on the ground with only kinetic energy.  I'd love to see the numbers on how much of the material would survive re-entry.  I guess something like DU or Titanium and an ablative covering like the returning NASA moon capsules had would do the trick.   One thing is certain today.  Whoever controls information early in an attack will probably win.  That is, unless ... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Manwon Lender 4 years ago
The amount of mass loss due to re-entry is all determined by drag coefficient. There would be little of that when a pointed cylindrical rod is fired from space. The melting point of Depleted Uranium is 1132 C so I don't see much loss of mass before impact is made. It is one of the strongest materials made and that is why it's use would be perfect for a Railguns projectile.  You will not find much data on space based weapons, however, they do exist and they go beyond the publics wildest dreams. Take care.  
Comment icon #11 Posted by Ironside 4 years ago
I would be so disappointed if they didn't have an active secret space program. Am i the only one who see's the only real path of human advancement in space colonization? I hope we are already on the moon, but we are most likely not. Honestly how are they going to fix the inevitable future of 100 people per square foot and soylent green getting passed around like its a kitkat.
Comment icon #12 Posted by AstralHorus 4 years ago
Ya sorry that’s what I mean. Some weird military science organization has the means to explore our solar system. I have no proof other than my opinion, declassified space craft, and that we’re normally 50 years on the back end of what’s shown.  but neither do christians for Jesus being the son of Christ or being white.

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