|Guests:||Charles R. Smith|
Cyber-war columnist(1), Charles R. Smith (softwar.net(2)), presented various war scenarios that he believes could occur between the U.S. and China. He suggested that if China decided to attack Taiwan in an attempt to reclaim the land, the U.S. would likely become involved. For instance, he said China might launch a missile strike against Taiwan, set up a blockade around the country, and then target American aircraft carriers with satellite technology, which would lead to an acceleration of conflict.
Smith also discussed various outcomes and strategies that might be played out in a nuclear exchange between the two countries. In the case of China destroying Los Angeles and Hawaii with nukes, the US would certainly retaliate, but he said instead of just a massive "waste 'em all" response, America might choose an "Option B" approach which would involve "precise strikes," some non-nuclear, aimed at China's leadership.
He is not convinced that the counter-scenario of "engagement theory," i.e. America's active role in pumping up China's economy through trading, is serving as an effective discouragement to war. We have taken China from "agrarian communism," to a "fascist regime," he commented. Smith's new book "Deception," due out in the fall, will chronicle military deals and the sale of American technology to countries such as China.
Inflatable Space Tech
(4)In a recent column(1) for NewsMax.com, Charles R. Smith writes that a Chinese company has expressed interest in the inflatable space station technology being developed by the US's Bigelow Aerospace(2). Smith raises concerns that the Chinese may eventually use the technology for military purposes.
"Bigelow's plan is to establish a habitable commercial space station for research, manufacturing, entertainment and other uses," writes Space.com(3), which describes large-scale projects such as the pictured Nautilus as potentially low-cost and efficient.