Space Force general says US satellites are attacked on daily basis

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A Space Force general said US satellites are attacked every day by adversaries who indulge in “acts of war” and that the US will lose the space arms race if the US does not act.

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China and Russia regularly attack US satellites with lasers, radiofrequency jammers and cyber attacks. General David Thompson told The Washington Post In an op-ed published on Tuesday.

“The threats are really escalating and increasing every day. And this is really an evolution of activity that has been happening over a long period of time,” said General Thompson, deputy chief of space operations at the new military branch.

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“We’re really now at a point where there are too many ways to endanger our space systems.”

Thompson revealed a 2019 incident when a Russian satellite flew so close to a US “national security satellite” that officials believed it could be an offensive. But according to the op-ed, the spacecraft backtracked and tested a projectile.

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“It maneuvers close, it maneuvers dangerously, it maneuvers dangerously so that they are coming close enough that there is a collision concern,” he reportedly said. “So clearly, the Russians were sending us a message.”

General David Thompson said China and Russia regularly attack US satellites with lasers, radiofrequency jammers and cyber attacks.
US Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich

Despite threats from Russia, the Chinese were “far ahead” of their neighbors when it came to “the fielding system at an unbelievable rate”, the general told the newspaper. Halifax International Security Forum earlier this month.

The conference began just days after a Russian anti-satellite weapons test destroyed an obsolete Soviet-era satellite, sending debris flying toward the International Space Station.

Several months ago, China launched a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile into low orbit, a move that a Pentagon spokesman said would “only increase tensions in the region and beyond.”

Thompson told the newspaper that China is now sending satellites into space at twice the rate of the US and will soon surpass the country in its orbital output.

“We are still the best in the world, clearly in terms of capacity. They are catching on quickly,” he said. “We should be worried by the end of this decade if we don’t adapt.”

The White House was reportedly arriving in Beijing to negotiate international rules for cyberspace and space as well as nuclear weapons control, but Chinese officials rebuked the diplomatic effort, according to the editorial – which argued that the US One has to be more careful with the environment. ,

Thompson reportedly proposed that deploying several relatively low-cost satellites around space assets would give the US a better position in the event of a space war.

Thompson did not confirm or deny whether there had been a serious attack on US satellites, reportedly explaining that such an incident would be classified information and that he would not be able to discuss it.

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