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Space competition intensifies for US

3rd May 2022 - 17:35 GMT | by Sam Cranny-Evans in London


The US faces growing and capable competition in space, according to the latest DIA report. It is possible that commercial space providers will be able to answer many of the problems that defence establishments are facing. (Photo: SpaceX/Wikimedia Commons)

China, Iran, North Korea and Russia all pose potential problems for US military space capabilities — does salvation lie in leveraging the commercial space sector?

The US faces strong competition from China and Russia in the Space domain according to ‘Challenges to Security in Space’, a US Defense Intelligence Agency report released on 12 April.

The DIA stated that both countries continue to challenge US capabilities in space through the development of EW, kinetic anti-satellite weapons and cyber effects.

The report noted that Russia and China have begun to include space scenarios in training exercises: ‘They continue to develop, test, and proliferate sophisticated anti-satellite weapons to hold US and allied space assets at risk.’

Iran and North Korea represent additional threats, with the DIA

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Sam Cranny-Evans


Sam Cranny-Evans

Sam is a freelance defence analyst and consultant, as well as a RUSI Associate Fellow. …

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