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Updates on China’s ASAT Efforts October 16, 2012

Posted by George C. Marshall Institute in Uncategorized.
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Bill Gertz offers a thought provoking update on China’s efforts to hold U.S. space assets at risk (see http://freebeacon.com/china-to-shoot-at-high-frontier/).  

China has long recognized the importance of space to the U.S., both for economic and security purposes.  Their continued development of a range of direct and indirect means to disrupt or deny use of U.S. space assets and the information flowing from them is not surprising.  U.S. policy makers must take steps necessary to ensure the protection of those satellites of critical national importance and strengthen the overall space architecture through diversification, expansion of surge capabilities, investment in non-space assets, and improved space protection and counterspace capabilities.