Will shooting down satellite NROL-21 be a provocation?
I look at why the Navy will try to shoot down the satellite NROL-21 as it falls to earth and whether this act contributes to the 'militarization of space' at Pajamas Media.
Space has been militarized since the days of the Nazi V-2. An Air Force academic paper recalls the Eisenhower administration’s concern that the Soviets would emplace a nuclear bomb in space. The Soviets actually deployed the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS) in 1968. The R-36 missile had “the probable mission of providing a first-strike capability to allow the destruction of United States LGM-30 Minuteman silos and launch controls before they could retaliate.” Though warheads in orbit were retired in 1983 as a part of the SALT II treaty, they remained deployable until 1995.
Plus, the Pajamas Media story (and YT) is quoted in the New York Times. Technically, I'm not "of Pajamas Media" but the Belmont Club is one of the member blogs of that organization, and I wrote the piece for Pajamas. I don't mind if they think I'm of PJM. PJM has come a long way and it's an honor to write for them.