U.S. Ramps Up to Defend Against Satellite Threats from China, Russia

May 20, 2024


The New York Times (NYT) reported on the 17th (local time) that “the U.S. Department of Defense is seeking to secure next-generation means to protect satellite networks from attacks and to interfere with or incapacitate enemy spacecraft in orbit from the ground or space, if necessary.”

NYT further reported that this action will counteract the increasing threat to U.S. ground troops, assets, and satellites in orbit as China and Russia’s space operation capabilities improve. U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told the media that China has deployed several space capabilities designed to target our military.

China and Russia have reportedly deployed ground-launched laser weapons, satellite interceptor missiles, and satellites with mobility capabilities. Recently, reports were made that Russia conducted a test launch of a nuclear-armed satellite capable of destroying a wide range of satellites.

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