US deploys satellite jamming system (based in Colorado Springs /Norcom)

Guess who will be at Norcom this weekend ? Bush. What will be at Norcom ? A handy gadget... -- law

US deploys satellite jamming system
Updated: 2004-11-01 12:16

The U.S. Air Force quietly has put into service a new weapon designed to jam enemy satellite communications, a significant step toward U.S. control of space.

The so-called Counter Communications System was declared operational late last month at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, the Air Force Space Command said on Friday in e-mailed replies to questions from Reuters.

The ground-based jammer uses electromagnetic radio frequency energy to knock out transmissions on a temporary and reversible basis, without frying components, the command said.

"A reversible effect ensures that during the time of need, the adversary's space-based capability to threaten our forces is diminished," said Capt. Angie Blair, a spokeswoman. "Following the time of need, the space-based capabilities used by the adversary can return to its original state."

The device appears to have been put into service considerably earlier than had been projected by the Air Force as recently as February.

At that time, a long-range planning document, dubbed the Transformation Flight Plan, said such a system would let the United States by 2010 "deny and disrupt an adversary's space-based communications and early warning" of attack.

When was the last time you saw the Pentagon deliver something 6 years ahead of schedule (and a day before the 2004 election) ? Never.

US deploys satellite jamming system


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