Pentagon warns of ‘dramatic’ increase in space challenges — Analysis

The US military stated that Russia and China have expanded their orbital presence and are working on Moon resources.

Space-related competition has become more intense for the US and its allies from China and Russia. “dramatically,”The Defense Intelligence Agency, (DIA), stated Tuesday. Officials from the US Military said that Moscow and Beijing have also been cooperating with space exploration, and could soon begin exploiting Moon’s natural resources.

The DIA, the Pentagon’s intelligence arm, made the warning as it presented to the public its update to the 2019 report entitled, “Challenges to Security in Space.”China and Russia keep moving forward. “undercut”John F. Huth from the DIA defense Intel officer for space, counterspace and space spoke about the American military’s advantage in using space assets.

“Both nations view space as a requirement for winning modern wars, especially against Western nations, and look to prove themselves as world leaders,”He said. “Since early 2019, competitor space operations have increased in pace and scope across nearly all major categories: communications, remote sensing, aviation and science and technology demonstration.”

The combined In-Orbit Assets “grew approximately 70% in just two years,”Kevin Ryder is a senior analyst at the agency. “This recent and continuing expansion follows a more than 200% increase between 2015 and 2018,”He said.

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Space assets are vital for the US in order to collect intelligence and provide communications that support its military operations. China and Russia are increasing their space capability as well as creating weapon systems to deny the Pentagon space use through direct kinetic or electronic warfare.

The DIA also remarked that America’s rivals have been growing closer in terms of space exploration. China, in particular, is making significant progress in its satellite program.

“Both nations seek to broaden their space exploration initiatives, together and individually, with plans to explore the moon and Mars during the next 30 years,”Ryder. “If successful, these efforts will likely lead to attempts by Beijing and Moscow to exploit the moon’s natural resources.”

Also, the report discussed space challenges posed by Iran or North Korea. According to the report, both countries are likely to increase their ability to degrade or deny space-based navigation and communications used by the US. The DIA covered also the increasing threat from space debris in low Earth orbit.

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