Space Force General Says US Satellites Are Attacked On Daily Basis

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According to a Space Force general, enemies strike American satellites on a daily basis in ways that border on “acts of war,” and the US will lose a space arms race if it does not act.

In an op-ed published Tuesday in The Washington Post, Gen. David Thompson said that China and Russia regularly assault US satellites with lasers, radiofrequency jammers, and cyber attacks.

Every day, the threats are becoming more and more serious. And it’s really an extension of activity that has already been going on for a long time,” said Gen. Thompson, the new military branch’s Vice Chief of Space Operations.

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“We’ve reached a point presently where our space systems can be endangered in a variety of ways.”

Thompson revealed a 2019 event in which a Russian spacecraft came dangerously close to a US “national security satellite,” prompting authorities to assume it was an attack. According to the op-ed, the spacecraft backed away and tested a projectile.

He reportedly remarked, “It manoeuvred close, it manoeuvred dangerously, it manoeuvred threateningly so that they were getting close enough that there was a worry of collision.” “The Russians were plainly giving us a message.”

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

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The meeting took place two days after a Russian anti-satellite missile test destroyed an old Soviet-era satellite, bringing debris hurtling towards the International Space Station.

China had fired a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile into low orbit a few months before, a move that a Pentagon representative said would “further heighten tensions in the region and beyond.”

According to Thompson, China is now putting satellites into space at twice the rate of the United States, and will shortly overtake it in orbital output.

“In terms of capability, we are still the best in the world.” “They’re swiftly catching up,” he remarked. “If we don’t adjust by the end of this decade, we should be concerned.”

According to the editorial, the White House attempted to negotiate international standards for cyberspace and space as well as nuclear arms control with Beijing, but Chinese officials rebuffed the diplomatic effort, arguing that the US needed to be more vigilant just above atmosphere.

Thompson reportedly recommended that the deployment of a large number of relatively low-cost satellites around space assets would better position the US in the event of a space war.

Thompson refused to confirm or deny if there had been any serious attacks on US satellites, claiming that such an occurrence would be secret information that he would not be permitted to share.

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