New Pentagon report names Russia, China as threats to US space capabilities

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A new space report by the Pentagon has named Russia and China as key threats to US space capabilities, according to a document released on Thursday.

“The United States faces rapidly growing threats to our space capabilities. China and Russia, our strategic competitors, are explicitly pursuing space warfighting capabilities to neutralize US space capabilities during a time of conflict,” the report said. “Other potential adversaries are also pursuing counter-space capabilities such as jamming, dazzling, and cyber-attacks.”

The report specified that the US Space Command’s capability development efforts would focus on global surveillance for missile targeting and other priorities.

“Department capability development efforts will focus on… Persistent Global Surveillance for advanced missile targeting,” the report said.

The paper stated that the command will also focus on developing its deterrent capability and nuclear command, control and communications. In addition to this, artificial intelligence-enabled global surveillance and near-real-time space situational awareness will be priorities, it added.

At the same time, the Pentagon outlined in the report the US Space Command’s major priorities.

“US Space Command priorities will include: designing and executing a full range of joint space training and exercises, with focused support to the Asia Pacific Security Initiative and the European Deterrence Initiative,” the report said.

The document revealed that the US Space Operations Force will prioritize development of the world’s best space operations.

“The Space Operations Force will: Develop the world’s best space operations, intelligence, engineering, science, acquisition, cyber personnel and present them to COCOMs [combatant commands],” the document noted. “Be prepared to deploy teams of space experts to US European Command and US Indo-Pacific Command no later than summer of 2019.”

Why China, Russia ar allegedly threatening the US?

US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) commander Gen. John Hyten said at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium on Tuesday that Russia and China are developing capabilities and testing new technologies to challenge the United States in space. The two countries, Hyten explained, have both been increasing investments and have conducted testing of new technologies in the space domain. Russia and China also conduct tests for new technologies in space, Hyten added.

Pence Reminds US Congress About Trump’s Call for $8Bln on Space Security System

“Today we renew the president’s call on the Congress of the United States to invest an additional $8 billion in our space security system over the next five years,” Pence said.

The US vice president went on to say in a speech at the Pentagon that the president’s administration has begun working with the Congress to create such a force by 2020.

“Our administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by the year 2020,” Pence said. “Our administration is already working with leaders in the Congress to do just that.”

Full article: New Pentagon report names Russia, China as threats to US space capabilities (Spacewar)

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