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Intel Threat Assessment Summarizes Counterspace Threats January 30, 2014

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James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, summarizes Counterspace threats to the U.S. in the annual threat assessment:

 

COUNTERSPACE

Threats to US space services will increase during 2014 and beyond as potential adversaries pursue disruptive and destructive counterspace capabilities. Chinese and Russian military leaders understand the unique information advantages afforded by space systems and are developing capabilities to disrupt US use of space in a conflict. For example, Chinese military writings highlight the need to interfere with, damage, and destroy reconnaissance, navigation, and communication satellites. China has satellite jamming capabilities and is pursuing antisatellite systems. In 2007, China conducted a destructive antisatellite test against its own satellite. Russia’s 2010 military doctrine emphasizes space defense as a vital component of its national defense. Russian leaders openly maintain that the Russian armed forces have antisatellite weapons and conduct antisatellite research. Russia has satellite jammers and is also pursuing antisatellite systems.

 

Document at http://www.odni.gov/files/documents/Intelligence%20Reports/2014%20WWTA%20%20SFR_SSCI_29_Jan.pdf

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HASC Hearing to Consider China and Space Security Matters January 27, 2014

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On January 28, the HASC will hear testimony on China’s space security efforts as well as the implications for the U.S.  

Institute Director Dr. Robert Butterworth will appear before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on January 28 to discuss space security issues.

Joint Hearing on the People’s Republic of China’s Counterspace Program and the Implications for U.S. National Security

Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Rayburn HOB – 2118
Watch Live

 

Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

Witnesses

Dr. Robert L. Butterworth
President, Aries Analytics, Inc.

Mr. Michael Krepon
Co-Founder/Senior Associate, The Stimson Center

Dr. Ashley J. Tellis
Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

 
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Japan Testing Active Debris Removal Approach January 17, 2014

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Japan is testing a technique to address the space debris issue, see http://news.yahoo.com/japan-scientists-test-tether-clear-space-junk-105907197.html.

 

China Tests a Hypersonic Missile Vehicle January 16, 2014

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Reports abound about a recent test of a hypersonic missile vehicle by China (see this Defense News piece as an example – http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140115/DEFREG03/301150044?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter).