Pentagon: Russia Has Weapons That Target Satellites, Depriving US Of Major Military Advantage

The US Department of Defense has published a new edition of the country’s military space strategy. The document, based on the Trump administration’s national defense strategy, targets a potential space confrontation with powerful military powers such as China and Russia.

space troops

The US Department of Defense has released an updated Defense Space Strategy (DSS) that positions Russia and China as America’s top military space rivals and gives the Pentagon broad authority to “achieve desired performance in space over the next decade.”

“The Department of Defense will have to confront a new reality where rivals have more advanced weapons that target U.S. military satellites and deprive the U.S. of a key military advantage. We must ensure the protection of U.S. and allies for the security of the territory,” the document says.

The new US space strategy calls out rivals Russia and China, who see confrontation in space “as a way to reduce the military effectiveness of the US, allies and partners”, to win future wars. “China and Russia are militarizing outer space to deter and counter potential US involvement in regional military conflicts,” the document says.

Space arms race

The Pentagon’s new space strategy is based on the 2018 US administration’s Donald Trump (Donald Trump) 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 America’s dependence on space, China and Russia have developed capabilities to prevent US access to space,” the strategy notes.

In addition, the document also notes the growing threat from North Korea and Iran.

Guide to action

The document urges 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 emblems

The Pentagon has already taken significant steps ahead of other powers, such as the formation of the US Space Force (US Space Force, USSF) as a new army department, the US Space Command (USSPACECOM) to centrally control space forces, and the Space Development Agency (Space Development Agency) to accelerate the introduction of new space technologies.

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Industrial innovation

The US military department also released a commercial solicitation to join the nation’s armed space forces.

“The establishment of the U.S. 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 allied, partner and commercial space capabilities, deterring rivals and frustrating their plans for hostile use of space, providing national, allied and combined space operations with advanced space technology, maintaining the standards of responsible behavior in space adopted by international level.


Vladimir Bakhur

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