Citizen Tom:

America space assets provide what military leaders would call force multipliers. Just consider this short list: more accurate weather forecasts, timely reconnaissance information, long range communications, and accurate real-time navigation via GPS. Such capabilities helped to make the United States into a global military power. Without such power, we cannot protect the international trade relationships that have made us the world’s most prosperous nation.

Originally posted on blogsense-by-barb:

Defense Intelligence Agency: “China’s successfully tested a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon (ASAT) missile and is developing jammers and directed-energy weapons for ASAT missions,”

Bill Gertz – February 23, 2012 5:00 am

Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, disclosed new details of China’s space weapons programs last week, including information regarding China’s anti-satellite missiles and cyber warfare capabilities.

Burgess stated in little-noticed written testimony prepared for an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee that Beijing is developing missiles, electronic jammers, and lasers for use against satellites.
Much of the space warfare activity is being carried out under the guise of China’s supposedly non-military space program, he said.

“The space program, including ostensible civil projects, supports China’s growing ability to deny or degrade the space assets of potential adversaries and enhances China’s conventional military capabilities,” Burgess said.

“China operates satellites for communications, navigation, earth…

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