publish date 2021-12-14 09:34:06
The United States is testing the resilience of satellites to threats from China and Russia kilometers above the Earth’s surface, just weeks after Russia shot down an aging communications satellite.
Computer-aided simulations included a possible downing of US missile-tracking satellites, satellite jamming, and other electronic warfare “effects” that are potential tactics in space warfare, while the maneuver does not involve the use of actual satellites.
During a visit to the “Shriver” space base in Colorado, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks watched the “Space Flag” maneuver conducted by the US Space Force.
This is the nineteenth exercise of its kind, and the third involving partners such as Britain, Canada and Australia.
Defense Department (Pentagon) leaders are touring US bases this week, while President Joe Biden’s administration is drafting the 2023 budget, and the Defense Department hopes to allocate a budget for the military that will deter China and Russia.
After Russia successfully tested an anti-satellite missile last month, US officials believe there is a growing need to make the US satellite network resistant to attacks, and to exploit opportunities such as Space Flag for training.
Satellites are critical to the military communications and global positioning systems and timing needed in the event of war.
The 10-day war maneuver attempts to simulate the latest American capabilities in the field of space, and the training included a group working to simulate an aggressor country with a space power, such as Russia or China.
Russia is not the first country to conduct anti-satellite tests in space. The United States conducted the first such test in 1959, when satellites were scarce.
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