New command structures, satellite defenses outlined
Pentagon, military, and intelligence officials outlined plans on Wednesday for warfare in space and warned China not to attack U.S. satellites in any future conflict.
“The threats are real, they’re technologically advanced and they’re a concern,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space, in testimony before a House subcommittee. “We are quickly approaching the point where every satellite in every orbit can be threatened.”
Douglas Loverro, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said that the threat of attacks on satellites in orbit is no longer a theoretical concern.
“Quite frankly, it’s one thing to anticipate an imaginary threat,” Loverro said. “It’s another thing to see that threat develop, watch it be exercised as with the Chinese on several occasions, recognize what it can do to our capability, and react to that. And that’s what we’re doing right now, is reacting to it and making it very clear we have no desire to have a conflict extend to space.”
Loverro said the Pentagon wants potential adversaries such as China to understand that if warfare extends to space “the U.S. will be prepared to defend our space assets.”
“Attacking our space assets is not a way to get the United States to back off of a fight. We are going to make sure that space assets are there to support” the U.S. military, he said.
It was the first time Pentagon officials expressed public alarm about Chinese and other space weapons capabilities and outlined programs for countering the threats.
Full article: Military Gears Up for Space Warfare (Washington Free Beacon)