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Russia is testing kinetic anti-satellite weapons (ASATs), and China is also expanding its military space capabilities. U.S. Space Force Chief Gen. Jay Raymond says the United States must mitigate that threat.

  • Gen. Kevin Chilton (USAF, ret.), explorer chair for space warfighting studies at the Mitchell Institute Spacepower Advantage Research Center, said the U.S. must make satellite constellations more resilient and defensible and develop offensive capabilities to deter Russia.
  • Chilton said the recent Russian ASAT test demonstrated capabilities the U.S. has long suspected Russia had and showed that the country is not a responsible actor with respect to space.
  • Chilton said the notion that the United States has a missile defense system that could be used against Russia or China is “just flat wrong,” as the U.S. capability is only meant to defend against North Korea.

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