Space enables the modern world, and the United States needs to maintain its progress in this critical domain if it hopes to lead in the future.
That’s the conclusion of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s report titled “Challenges to Security in Space,” released today.
DIA officials spoke to reporters at the Pentagon this morning about the threats facing American dominance in space.
The unclassified report details the space and counterspace threats that pose a significant challenge the United States and its allies. It concentrates on the capabilities under development in China and Russia, but it doesn’t ignore the space threat posed by North Korea and Iran.
Space-based capabilities are key to all aspects of life in the United States. Space’s role in commercial and civilian applications is growing, and it is absolutely vital to employing the U.S. military, DIA officials noted.
Space-based capabilities are becoming more affordable and are technologically easier to build and deploy, and China and Russia are taking full advantage of this to eat into U.S. space dominance, officials said.
Russian, Chinese Capabilities
Russia and China have active counterspace programs. “Both countries have developed robust and capable space services, and these capabilities provide their militaries with the ability to…