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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

Chinese ASAT Developments November 1, 2013

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A recent Chinese test raises concerns about the development of an anti-satellite program.  See http://www.policymic.com/articles/70951/china-might-have-just-amped-up-the-space-race

Chinese ASAT Program Continues Unabated August 27, 2013

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Recent news reports suggest that China’s development of anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities is continuing.  See http://missilethreat.com/china-launches-three-asat-satellites/ for details.

That China has prioritized these capabilities is hardly surprising.  They long ago realized the importance of interdicting and degrading space capabilities in a future crisis with the U.S. or other adversaries.

See http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=492http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=459, and http://www.marshall.org/article.php?id=1110 for further discussion of Chinese space program and implications for the US.

China’s ASAT & Missile Defense Programs – A Review of Programs, Plans, and Motivations February 23, 2013

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China’s ASAT & Missile Defense Programs – A Review of Programs, Plans, and Motivations

Video of this event is now available.

In 2007, China destroyed one of its own satellites, prompting a critical reexamination of the threats to the security of outer space. In 2010, China conducted a ballistic missile defense test, with subsequent assessments suggesting the two systems were intertwined. In recent weeks, reports suggested another ASAT test was imminent. Whether or not that test occurs, a broader understanding of the motivations driving these investments and plans for the development and use of those capabilities would improve U.S. thinking about how best to respond to China’s actions.

On February 19, 2013, the TechAmerica Space Enterprise Council and the George Marshall Institute presented for a forum discussing China’s plans, programs, and intentions for its ASAT and missile defense programs.

Featuring:

  • Dean Cheng, Research Fellow at the Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation,
  • Mark Stokes, Executive Director, Project 2049 Institute,
  • K. Scott McMahon, Senior Defense Research Analyst, RAND Corp.

Is China Preparing for an ASAT Test? January 14, 2013

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Several articles in recent weeks suggest China may be preparing to conduct another anti-satellite (ASAT) or missile defense test.  That they should do so should surprise no one.  Chinese strategists have been writing for years about the vulnerabilities of U.S. space systems and the importance of those systems to U.S. military power.  These tests, however sophisticated, signal strongly intentions and capabilities to hold those systems at risk, and thereby complicate matters for the United States.

Background and details at:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/9/inside-ring-chinese-missile-defense-test/?page=all#pagebreak

http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-73964330/