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New studies provide fresh insights into the escalating space arms race

4 Apr 2019, 11:00 UTC
New studies provide fresh insights into the escalating space arms race
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WASHINGTON — The emergence of satellite killer weapons and electronic warfare in space are among the trends that are reshaping the balance of power in outer space and challenging the dominance of the United States, according to two new studies by prominent Washington think tanks.
Both released on Thursday, “Space Threat Assessment 2019” from the Center of Strategic and International Studies; and “Global Counterspace Capabilities: An Open Source Assessment” from the Secure World Foundation, build on the research they published in last year’s reports and provide interesting new updates.
It is perhaps a sign of the times that CSIS sent its report to the printer the day before India fired a missile into one of it own satellites in low Earth orbit on March 27, sending shockwaves across the globe.
That just shows how quickly things can change in the space security environment, says Todd Harrison, director of CSIS Aerospace Security Project and one of the authors of the study.
The report, based on public sources of information, focuses on four specific countries that pose the greatest risk for the United States: China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. Harrison cautions that this is not a comprehensive assessment of all known ...

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