- The Senate Intelligence Committee held a conference on worldwide threats the US faces.
- Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats pronounced the US needs to be worried about the militarization of space.
- Much of the fear is centered on Russian and Chinese efforts to build up satellites and anti-satellite crusade capabilities.
Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats warned about threats from space at the Senate Intelligence Committee conference on worldwide threats on Tuesday.
“As if we don’t have adequate threats here on earth, we need to demeanour to the heavens — threats in space,” he said.
“The global enlargement of the space attention will extend space-enabled capabilities and situational recognition to nation-states and blurb space actors in the coming years. The primary regard relates to satellites and anti-satellite capabilities.”
Right now, the US military is heavily reliant on GPS and signals sent between satellites in space. Col. Richard Zellmann, commander of the 1st Space Brigade, a section within the Space and Missile Defense Command, pronounced that up to 70% of the Army’s fight systems count on signals sent from space.
In his prepared statement, Coats pronounced Russia and China, having famous the value of space-based communication and reconnaissance, “will continue to enhance their space-based reconnaissance, communications, and navigation systems in terms of the numbers of satellites, the extent of their capability, and the applications for use.”
To make matters worse, Russian and Chinese anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities are apropos increasingly advanced. Those capabilities embody (ASAT) missiles, satellites able of behaving kamikaze-style attacks, jamming technology, and “directed-energy weapons” that could “blind or repairs supportive space-based visual sensors, such as those used for remote intuiting or barb defense.”
China and Russia continue to at slightest publicly promote tactful efforts to forestall the militarization of space. But as Coats forked out, “many classes of weapons would not be addressed by such proposals, permitting them to continue their office of space crusade capabilities while publicly progressing that space must be a pacific domain.”
Coats estimated that Russian and Chinese ASAT weapons will substantially “reach initial operational capability in the next few years.” If those weapons were to take out American satellites, American fight fighting capabilities would be seriously hampered.
In the difference of Zellmann: “When you start holding divided those fight multipliers, we need to go back then to the days of the industrial-age army where you have to have 3 times as many people as the counter does.”