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New U.S. defense policy warns of counterattacks against attacks in space

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The Pentagon is warning its new defense policy will carry out military operations and counterattacks in retaliation to attacks in space, in particular should China or Russia launch space attacks targeting American satellites and other space systems.

Undersecretary of defense John Rood, testified before a House subcommittee that the Trump administration’s new defense policy calls for carrying out military operations and counterattacks in response to space-based attacks.

Rood noted the United States space systems are vital for “our prosperity, security, and way of life,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.

The undersecretary told a hearing of the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces that “space capabilities are critical for effective deterrence, defense, and force projection capabilities.”

“Due to the critical importance of these assets, the national security strategy states, ‘any harmful interference with or attack upon critical components of our space architecture that directly affects this vital U.S. interest will be met with a deliberate response at a time, place, manner, and domain of our choosing.”

Rood said the Pentagon has requested $12.5 billion in federal funding for building up what he says is a “more resilient defendable space architecture.”

During the hearing Rood declined to elaborate on what space warfare capabilities are being developed.

Likewise the Pentagon also has not described how it would effectively deter and defend against attacks in space targeting U.S. satellites or other U.S. space-based systems.

(Written & Edited by Bart Charles Begley)

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