When Elana Freeland has discussed the “Space Fence” on Dark Journalist and elsewhere, I didn’t understand that this was the name of a new a ground-based system of S-band radars operated by the US Air Force out of the Reagan Test Site in the Marshall Islands. Its purported mission is tracking space junk to protect valuable space assets and it’s expected to become operational in 2018.
I discovered the official story about the Space Fence when I chanced upon this creepy Lockheed Martin video, that claims that it “will forever change the way we see the universe” (!)
The inauguration of the Space Fence will be just in time for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018, which seeks to increase the global dominance and “lethality” of the US military with increased funding of space-related military programs.
Air Force Secretary Heather A. Wilson told reporters last Thursday, “We are moving forward with modernization in space, so we’re increasing our lethality in all of our areas of endeavor and we are shifting to space as a warfighting domain.” She also noted that Congress has proposed to increase the budgets of such programs beyond the levels being sought by the Air Force.
So, Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), aka “Stars Wars” is officially back! Elana Freeland has long expressed that the Space Fence is the successor of SDI and it’s notable that its new center of operation in the Marshall Islands was recently renamed in honor of President Reagan.