Americans need to be aware of the real threats that China and Russian Federation pose to US capabilities in space.
"Chinese and Russian doctrine indicate that they view space as important to modern warfare and view counterspace capabilities as a means to reduce US and allied effectiveness", a senior official told reporters on background during a Department of Defense briefing. Space's role in commercial and civilian applications is growing, and it is absolutely vital to employing the US military, DIA officials noted.More news: Force India's life as Racing Point begins with launch of 2019 vehicle
If the US really cares about the security of space, it should join China in arms control, Hua said.
While China has demonstrated an anti-satellite missile and may have perfected a laser that could attack US assets in space, Russian Federation is still working to flawless those technologies and, according to the report, focusing heavily on directed energy weapons, usually lasers or high-powered microwaves, that can disable or even destroy assets in space.
China is building technologies that will soon threaten U.S. dominance in space, warned the Pentagon's lead intelligence agency.
"Chinese and Russian doctrine indicate that they view space as important to modern warfare and view counterspace capabilities as a means to reduce US and allied effectiveness", the senior official said. The report comes as the Chinese government has been increasingly stepping up its space program, becoming the first nation to land a probe on the far side of the moon in January.More news: Ozzy Osbourne is out of the ICU
Moreover, the document also claims Russian Federation is developing enhanced on-orbit dual-use technology that can be used to attack and permanently disable satellites. But Rep. Mike Rogers, then-chairman of the US House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, told CNN in 2018 'the future of war will be fought in space.' 'Russia and China are surpassing us in space capabilities, and we need to dedicate a separate force exclusively with a space mission, ' he said.
China's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and remote sensing (ISR) satellite fleet contains more than 120 systems - second only to the US.
Space is the common property of all mankind, not the private property of the Americans, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing. But not to the Pentagon; the agency's report lays out all the different ways Beijing and Moscow could attack U.S. satellites in order to win future wars.
"As the number of satellites grows, so does the threats posed by space debris", the official said. The application on a hand-held device that gives directions, calls rideshare auto or locates a lost package is enabled by the Global Positioning System constellation operated by the U.S. Air Force.More news: At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing