Space Force Counts Coup

| January 9, 2021 | 12 Comments

Iran opened fire on Iraq in early January of last year as revenge for the assassination of Gen. Soleimani, launching ballistic missiles at bases housing US and Iraqi military personnel.

“Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting US military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil.”

Damage was limited to infrastructure and a helicopter, and the injured needed treatment for TBI. There were no fatalities. Got lucky, right?

Exclusive: How the Space Force foiled an Iranian missile attack with a critical early warning

Nathan Strout

WASHINGTON — One year ago on the night of Jan. 7, 2020, Americans were shocked to learn that Iran had launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.

Iran called it “fierce revenge” for the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani. As reports of the attack inundated the airwaves, viewers were left wondering what had happened — and perhaps most importantly — were there casualties?

The barrage damaged runways, tents, equipment and a helicopter, and the Pentagon acknowledged that 110 people needed to be treated later for traumatic brain injuries. No one was killed.

The remaining U.S. and coalition forces that had not been evacuated were able to take cover in bunkers, thanks to what President Donald Trump referred to at the time as an “early warning system.”

The public now knows what many in the national security community suspected: That early warning system was the Space Based Infrared System, a constellation of satellites that surveils Earth’s surface 24/7 to detect missiles. Rarely has the Defense Department offered such a high profile example of the system’s capabilities and its direct impact on the American war fighter.

The rest of the article may be viewed here: C4ISR Net

BZ, Space Cadets. Damn well done.

Category: Bravo Zulu, Iran, Iraq, Space Force

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  1. 11B-Mailclerk says:

    Nicely done.

    When do the Voidsmen get “project Thor” ?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinetic_bombardment

  2. KoB says:

    Curious as to whether all of this high speed low drag technology will be dismantled by order of President Xiden or just simply turned over to the Chinese Communist PLAAF. Prolly can swap it even for a number of Electric Cars that are made in the new Buick Plant in China that was built from the “too big to fail” monies that oblowme gave them.

    Those of you that are young enough and physically able, go buy you a piece of dirt out in the boonies somewhere and dig in…deep.

  3. 5JC says:

    Not the first time it was used either.

  4. 26Limabeans says:

    Remote sensing has been around for decades.
    It’s not just millimeter wave sensors looking at
    vegetation under the guise of global warming.
    From DC to light, the spectrum is wide and full of
    opportunity to detect everything man does in real time.
    Of course, under the guise of space exploration it will be used
    in ways that will explore matters much closer to earth.
    Remember to look not only both ways before crossing the street
    but also up in the sky before crossing that field.
    No need for illumination of the target. Most people today already
    walk around “illuminated” by their Ipad or other device in hand.
    The Democrats may pooh pooh the military aspect of it but will
    welcome the use of it for “peaceful” purposes.

  5. OmegaPaladin says:

    Just a question – is wearing a Space Force cap considered claiming service, or is it okay to wear the cap just as a fan? I mean, if I wear a Chicago Blackhawks hat, no one will assume I work for the team.

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