The US Department of Defense has published a new edition of the country’s military space strategy. The document, which is based on the Trump administration’s national defense strategy, addresses a potential space confrontation with strong military powers such as China and Russia.
The U.S. Department of Defense has unveiled an updated Defense Space Strategy (DSS) that positions Russia and China as the United States’ top military rivals in space, and that also gives the Pentagon broad powers to “achieve the desired performance in space over the next decade.”
“The Department of Defense will need to confront a new reality where rivals have more advanced weapons aimed at U.S. military satellites and deprive the United States of an important military advantage. We must ensure the protection of the United States and allies for security in the territory,” the document said.
The new US space strategy calls Russia and China’s rivals in space “as a way to reduce the military efficiency of the United States, its allies and partners”, to win future wars. “China and Russia are militarizing outer space to deter and counter any US involvement in regional military conflicts,” the document said.
Space weapons race
The Pentagon’s new space strategy is based on the 2018 US administration Donald Trump (Donald Trump) The 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) and the National Space Strategy (NSfS). A new 18-page document (available to CNews) was released on July 17, 2020 to replace the 2011 space military doctrine of the former US President’s administration Barack Obama (Barack Obama).
As part of the new space strategy, it is noted that the US Department of Defense recognizes the fact of international competition for military technology in space, and notes the need to accelerate the pace of innovation in this area.
The national and military doctrines of Russia and China regard outer space as the theater of modern warfare. China and Russia “already pose the most immediate and serious threat to US space operations.” “After analyzing the United States’ dependence on space, China and Russia have developed capabilities to prevent US access to space,” the strategy states.
In addition, the document also notes the growing threat from North Korea and Iran.
Tutorial to action
The document calls on the US military to be ready to confront major military powers. As part of the doctrine, the Pentagon intends to ensure superiority in space through cooperation with allies and the private sector.
US Space Force and Space Command emblem
The Pentagon has already taken significant steps ahead of other powers, such as the formation of the US Space Force (USSF) as a new army division, the US Space Command (USSPACECOM) to centrally control the space forces and the Space Development Agency (Space Development Agency) to accelerate the introduction of new space technology.
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The US military also released a commercial call to join the country’s armed forces.
“The establishment of the US space force as a new branch of the armed forces provides a historic and immediate opportunity to rapidly transform troops to achieve space superiority,” the strategy notes.
Anti-space defense facilities
As required by the updated strategy, the Pentagon intends to focus on a number of key priorities. We are talking about the defense and defense of the United States by using allies, partners and commercial space capabilities, discouraging rivals and frustrating their plans for hostile use of space, providing national, allied and combined space operations with advanced space technology, maintaining standards of responsible behavior in space adopted by international level.