Sooooo, When will we talk about how Rocket Lab has made NZ a legitimate military target? 

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I've put you all in terrible terrible danger.

Look, I know we don’t talk about foreign affairs or military postures during an election because that would require broadcasters focused on holding the powerful to account rather than holding an easily distracted audience so you can sell them things they can’t afford, but shouldn’t we be like asking how it is NZ is now a legitimate military target and why we haven’t really discussed that?

Rocket Lab’s new hire has roots in the CIA, laser weapons and space militarisation

Rocket Lab’s new board member headed the CIA’s venture capital firm and is a proponent of deploying high-powered laser weapons in space.

Michael D. Griffin, who was until recently an Under-Secretary of Defense in the Trump administration, was welcomed onto the board of the aerospace and small satellite company in August.

The 70-year-old aerospace engineer and physicist has had a colourful, glittering and at times controversial career in the space industry.

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In the 1980s he held a senior role in then-president Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defence Initiative ballistic missile defence programme, and later headed NASA.

Griffin has been characterised as a hawkish advocate of American military supremacy and supports the development of hypersonic missiles and directed energy systems, including high-powered space laser weapons for ballistic missile defence.

The problem is that this coverage isn’t going far enough because what the vast majority of New Zealander’s have no idea about is how Rocket Lab and the National Party have made us, for the first time in NZ’s history, a genuine military target.

Rocket Lab fires rockets into space for the secretive National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) this is their charming patch…

…nothing erodes faith in the check and balance of extreme power quite like a giant orange space octopus proclaiming that nothing is out of its reach. Unbeknownst to most NZers, Rocket Lab is a Military Industrial Complex franchise, not some plucky Number 8 Wire Dad Shed schlock that Rocket Lab like to project to the sleepy hobbits of Muddle Nu Zilind…

Rocket Lab’s link with the CIA’s venture capital firm was revealed in 2016 by US investigative journalism site The Intercept, but has not been reported by the New Zealand media.

Although it operates independently, In-Q-Tel invests on behalf of the CIA and the broader US intelligence community in companies whose products may have national security applications.

A document obtained by The Intercept shows that Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck spoke at a summit of In-Q-Tel portfolio companies in February 2016. Other speakers included then-FBI director James Comey. Beck earlier wrote about Rocket Lab for In-Q-Tel’s quarterly publication in 2015.  

In contrast, Lockheed Martin’s investment in Rocket Lab is mentioned routinely in press coverage and was the subject of a jibe by departing Vector chairman Michael Stiassny to the Vector AGM last week.

However, the extent of Rocket Lab’s defence industry work has gone essentially unremarked. Details of this work had been removed from Rocket Lab’s website by the time the regulatory regime enabling the company’s activities in New Zealand came into law last year.

…in 2015, NZ quietly signed up to a 5 Eyes US Space programme that would allow Rocket Labs to launch US Military satellites from their Mahia Peninsula launchpad.

Put aside the zero public debate of whether or not we should get this close to the American Military Industrial Complex in the first place and note that no one ever explained to the NZ public how allowing Rocket Labs to launch US military satellites  immediately upgrades NZ to being a legitimate military target!

Because of this, Chinese Subs and Russian Subs will legitimately sit off the East Coast of NZ targeting the launch site.

THIS is why we needed to buy 4 P-8s! Because America is able to launch military satellites from NZ, which makes us a target and we need to defend that target with sub hunting planes!

New sub-killer planes may never fire in anger but Govt wants the option

Defence Minister Ron Mark has announced the Government will buy four Boeing P-8A Poseidons to replace the defence force’s ageing fleet of P-3K Orions. The purchase has been a longtime coming.

The P-8s, known as submarine killers, mark a new era in defence procurement, with one expert calling this the most significant defence purchase in a generation.

…so under National, we signed up to a military space programme through our 5 Eyes network that has now made us a legitimate military target which we need to buy sub hunting planes and torpedoes for???

When will it be made clear to the rest of the electorate that Rocket Lab is making us a legitimate military target?

 

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17 COMMENTS

  1. I think in coming times actual war with China vs Taiwan/US/japan/Australia/India is an increasingly real possibility.

    What you say re being a target may be true, but I think the world we are becoming will mean choosing a side, I doubt we can hide behind US generosity and virtue signal our apparent neutrality without real risk of China simply walking in.

    We should invest heavily in missile tech ,hyper sonics, anti ship, ant sub and anti aircraft , we should purchase strike aircraft again, and protect our shores.

    We may well be required to hold Australia’s eastern flank.

    Australia should loan a few nukes from the US, they have a lot of space away from people to station them as a deterrent.

  2. I think in coming times actual war with China vs Taiwan/US/japan/Australia/India is an increasingly real possibility.

    What you say re being a target may be true, but I think the world we are becoming will mean choosing a side, I doubt we can hide behind US generosity and virtue signal our apparent neutrality without real risk of China simply walking in.

    We should invest heavily in missile tech ,hyper sonics, anti ship, ant sub and anti aircraft , we should purchase strike aircraft again, and protect our shores.

    We may well be required to hold Australia’s eastern flank.

    Australia should loan a few nukes from the US, they have a lot of space away from people to station them as a deterrent.

  3. Bu but but the US has always been expansionist, they may not ‘own’ the Philippines and numerous other countries but these countries all tow the line.

    Rocket Lab is now part of the US military complex – now what happened to the R&D Rocket Lab got from the NZ Govt.

  4. When I last looked Labour are in government and were the ones who purchased the P 8 but you blame National for all the problems of the Nation so why stop now

    • FFS Trevor!

      Yes Labour purchased them – WHY TREVOR! WHY DID THEY BUY THEM????

      You are so tribal National that you can’t see any criticism without trying to tag it to Labour.

      I can’t believe you read that entire post and your only fucking comment is ‘yeah but Labour bought the planes’.

      I mean, jesus man, that’s embarrassing

      • Because Martyn my old mate,

        We are a Maritime Nation and we can’t export, then we can’t import and the best way to sunk a ship is not an Exocet Missile as many on the left think it is, but by Torpedo or Torpedoes from a Submarine.
        Considering NZ had both Jap & German Subs operate in its waters during WW2, NZ economy aka its exports and imports are heavily reliant of international shipping routes aka freedom of navigation on the open seas (FONOS) for its economic wealth and finally the TNI Submarine activities during INTERFET which was under a Chap7 UN Peacekeeping Mandate which the old Type 12 Frigate HMNZS Canterbury chase/ stalked not one but two of the TNI Type 209’s. Once off Suai where the NZBATT1 were doing the over the Beach Landing therewhich went tits up btw and the second one off Dili a few weeks later. Which scared the shits out of everybody in INTERFET HQ, Dili Command HQ and my unit at the time The RAAF’s No2 Airfield Defence SQN. As we thought the bastards might try land a SF Team or Teams into Dili or the other was to dust off the RNZAF A4 Skyhawk Ground Defence plan for Baucau Airport and re-jig it for the P3’s from the RAAF/ RNZAF.

        • Not only that the procurement process is being dragged out for years longer than it should be. The C130’s and being 757 should be replaced now not in 5 years and we need 3 ice-strengthened patrol ships in the southern ocean, not 2. We also need 3 other types of patrol ships for the pacific ocean. A lot of people think that space superiority starts in space but in actually fact space superiority begins by securing the seas so everything can be tracked from land bases with air land and sea vehicals of our own. There really isn’t a cheap technological alternative you can stick in space that can replace routine NZDF functions.

          • Fully agree Sam,

            The C130’s should’ve been replace in the early 2000’s when we had an option for 8 new J models on the back of the Ozzie, but thanks to the idiotic & stupidity of the Labour/ Alliance Government of its anti US Military equipment for the NZDF looking at you Keith Locke who was Burton’s muppet master means we miss a golden opportunity back then.

            I think the long term plan for the NZDF is going to be very similar to what you purpose 3-4 New Frigates probably a version of the Type 31, 3 light Frigates/ corvettes/ OPV’s, 2 purpose design Landing Ships with a docking well, 1 Fleet support ship , 1 to 2 possible SOPV’s, 1 Dive ship and a gaggle of smaller vessels.
            Once the P8’s are bedded in, I would think they would buy an extra 2 to boost the numbers up additional Maritime capable Helo’s probably the NFH90 I’m thinking (I do know the RNZAF want to replace or transfer the A109’s to CFS with the twin engine Huey that the USMC use), 3 to4 tier 2 MPA’s and long range Maritime UAV’s to support the RNZAF/ RNZN assets within the Sth Pacific/ Southern Ocean Regions.

            Welcome to the new world of post Covid19 and CC related events are slowly going to bit everyone in the ass including little old NZ because the International Rules Base System is eventually going to go tits up.

            • We’ve also got to believe that we aren’t racists sitting behind white picket fences, or that we are trying to bring back the great British empire or that we are trying to avoid making good on our commitments to the treaty of Waitangi.

              In a lot of foreign policy and war, it’s become too much about the trade, all for an array of social welfare. The idea that we ought to become little Green Party non-violence should suddenly occur to Labour that that will be a disaster. And we arent actually as bad as those pure economics people.

              We can’t mock the Greens while simultaneously keeping in tacked their Defence Policy.

      • There is a good photo on Facebook you could have used with Jacinda Grant and Peter Beck all smiling after Jacinda’s visit to Rocket Lab.
        With regard to the P 8 planes the Government did not need to have had the sub attack extra this was decided by the coalition. I would have critized National if they had decided to spend the extra at a time when 80000 children are in poverty.They were purchased as fishery control but as they are war planes.

        • NZDF still changed the way they operate from 6 P3’s to 4 P8’s. There really isn’t a cheaper alternative that wouldn’t have been cost prohibitive to get it to NZDF standards. Theres still a hundred or 2 hundred million dollars left in the Maritime Patrol procurement kitty which is enough to buy sufficient 2 tier non-armed patrol MPA air craft like the KAi350ER and we already operate Kinf Airs so a no brainer.

  5. Come come Martyn,

    You know there is an unwritten rule, that the major parties including the Greens & NZF don’t discuss or debate Defence/ Foreign Affairs issues at a election time as the political class may have to be accountable for their actions in the future.

  6. Great Article Martyn.
    It never ceases to amaze me how Russia and China are held up by the media and most New Zealanders as the aggressive world players that need to be defended against when the facts clearly show it is the USA that has created wars that have killed millions in the years since WW2.
    Fortunately for the world Russia and now China are far ahead of them militarily and they believe in a multi-polar world and only act defensively so if NZ becomes a target we only have ourselves to blame.

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