: U.S. preoccupied with military threat in space - The Washington Post

09:19 May. 10, 2016

U.S. preoccupied with military threat in space - The Washington Post

A Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 satellites lifts off in the far eastern Amur region Thursday, April 28, 2016. (AP photo)

Russia and China develop new space technologies to attack U.S. satellites - Pentagon

Russia and China are in process of developing new warfare technologies enabling to attack an enemy in the outer space. This is according to The Washington Post referring to the official sources in U.S. Defence Ministry.

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Since Moscow and Beijing elaborate technologies capable of taking out the U.S. national security infrastructure, Pentagon officials fear their satellites could become a vulnerable target.

"North Korea has already successfully jammed GPS satellites, as well as Iran was busy building a space program. We must recognize that despite our efforts, a future conflict may start, or extend, into space, since numerous violent extremist organisations strive for access to space-based technologies for further communication encrypting," says commander of the U.S. Strategic Command Navy Admiral Cecil Haney.

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Along with Pentagon other institutions also stress on the escalating Russia's and China's space threat. The U.S. assistant secretary of state for arms control Frank Rose expressed his deep concern about constant development of antisatellite weapon provided both by Russia and China. Nevertheless, adds Rose, the United States are committed to preventing conflict from extending into space, since the perspectives of space confrontation is in no one's interest. 

This year the U.S. Defence Ministry is about to spend 22 billion U.S. dollars on space programs along with additional billion U.S. dollars for space drills. The sum includes also a special highly classified offensive program known as "space control".

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The United States do not intend to attack anyone, stress the Pentagon officials. Neither Russia nor China say a single word in response.

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