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How the Air Force Will Make Space Defendable

How the Air Force Will Make Space Defendable

SpaceX, a commercial leader in aerospace, successfully launched the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. Air Force photo by SSgt. Wes Henry
SpaceX, a commercial leader in aerospace, successfully launched the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla. Air Force photo by SSgt. Wes Henry

In an article by Brian Everstine of Air Force Magazine:

The Air Force is preparing for possible war in space through a three step approach, aimed at improving space situational awareness, command and control of space assets, and developing the "ability to create effects" in orbit, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Wednesday.

These three goals are driving the development of new satellites and space launch systems, including programs such as next generation missile warning and jam-resistant global positioning systems, Wilson said during a live streamed question-and-answer session with The Washington Post.

"The US is determined to protect our capability on orbit," Wilson said. "We're going to defend ourselves, and we're developing the capability to do that."

Wilson said it is "possible" that there are already adversary capabilities in space that can contest US assets. Read more ...

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