WASHINGTON, DC – The International Affairs Review, under The Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University has published Avascent’s Chris Conrad on the US’ current lack of offensive space weaponry capable of deterring an offensive anti-satellite (ASAT) strike from a military foe. Meanwhile, “China’s development of the Dong Ning missile family and Russia’s attempt to field its own ground-based ASAT system” could pose serious threats to the myriad of US space assets that currently have limited counterstrike capabilities.
In the past, potential foes maintained comparatively few space systems, rendering ASAT-based deterrence cost-ineffective from the perspective of the United States.”—Chris Conrad
However, the democratization of space has led to potential adversaries fielding, then relying on a proliferation of space based systems for commercial and military processes, rendering ASAT both necessary and an effective deterrent from a US perspective. While the Department of Defense has taken steps to develop these capabilities over the past decade, the US remains well behind competitors, who are better positioned to target and destroy satellites with precision.
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