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    Attacks on Satellites May Trigger Military Response, US and Japanese Officials Say

    Attacks on Satellites May Trigger Military Response, US and Japanese Officials Say

    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced alongside Japanese officials on Wednesday that they would consider retaliation in response to attacks on satellites, a policy that puts China and on notice amid looming threats in space.

    Space and U.S. Space Command are in charge of monitoring and protecting America's satellite fleet. With additional treaty obligations between the U.S. and , American forces could be drawn into a skirmish if Japanese satellites are targeted.

    “The outer space component of this is important to the security and prosperity of our alliance. We agreed, as you've heard, that attacks to, from or within space present a clear challenge, and we affirmed that, depending on the nature of those attacks, this could lead to the invocation of Article V of our Japan-U.S. Security Treaty,” Blinken said, referencing the number of the clause in the treaty that covers mutual defense. “That is significant.”

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    The focus on space as part of the U.S.-Japan partnership is a big shift, according to Matthew P. Funaiole, a senior fellow at the nonprofit Center for Strategic and International Studies who researches issues relating to space and China.

    “We're talking about how we update and refine and reinforce an alliance that's pretty old,” Funaiole told Military.com on Wednesday. “If we're going to…

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