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US Military Space War? Preparations Underway for Potential Attacks

by Jen Krausz
(United States)

U.S. military commanders and advisers are scrambling to prepare for a space war that could knock out both military and civilian capabilities and impact the daily lives of Americans.


As more nations explore space and develop the capabilities to deploy satellites and other resources in space, the threat to U.S. technologies deployed there grows, according to leading military analysts, CNN reported.

The U.S. has grown dependent on satellites for bank transactions, traffic lights, and railroad switches. Airplane radar, weather data, and world communications are also dependent on satellites to work. In the military, satellite data is needed to deploy missiles and to know about nuclear attacks quickly if they should ever occur.

According to CNN, nations such as China and Russia have begun to develop technology for space weapons like rockets and missiles that could potentially take out U.S. satellites and disrupt the technology needed to protect ourselves from threats.

It’s entirely possible, Defense Department Adviser Peter Singer told the network, that the next war will begin or have a significant component in space.

The U.S. military has already begun to prepare for such conflicts by deploying hardier satellites and a larger number of smaller satellites rather than only larger ones that could be destroyed more easily, according to The Washington Post. The military also has activated the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center to counter military threats in space and begun war-gaming scenarios that involve space combat.

“Every military operation that takes place in the world today is critically dependent on space in one way or another,” said Air Force Space Commander John Hyten, adding that the military is now working to deter conflicts that may threaten in the future, The Washington Post reported.

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