Russia, China Competition in Space and Military
America is refocusing security efforts in a world where Russia, China competition is heating up in every area: militarily, and even in space. The issue is, will we have enough money to protect ourselves? A new Pentagon report from the Joint Staff intelligence directorate (J-2) warns that both Russia and China are hot on the trail of trying to disrupt the capabilities of the US in space. That’s not counting air, sea, ground forces.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently presented the new National Defense Strategy as a refocusing of American assets toward Russia and China rather than only ISIS. Known as the 4+1 strategy, it addressed Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and terrorists. All of which is why President Trump said the military MUST move past the Sequester into full funding.
“We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we are engaged in today, but great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of U.S. national security.” SecDef Mattis
In spite of Russian aggression, they are limited by their “economic resources,” according to Reuters. But China has no such problem and is working hard to build up their military infrastructure. They were described as being “ascendant” in that area.
The Battlefield in Space
But in addition to the air, sea, and ground competition, there is the space component. And both Russia and China appear to be moving forward with their programs to counter (destroy) even US privatized efforts like Space-X, according to SOFREP.
“We assess that Russia and China perceive a need to offset any U.S. military advantage derived from military, civil, or commercial space systems and are increasingly considering attacks against satellite systems as part of their future warfare doctrine. Both will continue to pursue a full range of anti-satellite weapons as a means to reduce U.S. military effectiveness.” Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence to Congress
The US is not being stagnant in the area of satellites and space defense, and is working on the development of many programs – such as the recently launched “space fence,” a system of radars designed to protect US satellites from orbiting debris.
But will we have enough money to make certain that we do not fall so far behind as to leave the US open to disaster? What will we do when the competition creates 4 inch square satellites that can be used to attack our own? What about hacking into our satellites (China has done that before)?
Nearly every nation has something in orbit right now, and that’s not counting the loose debris that is roaming the skies above us. The competition with Russia and China could be our downfall…if it weren’t for American ingenuity.
Russia and China are a challenge that America will meet, because that’s who we are. But Congress needs to cough up the money for it all, and stop playing politics. Our National Security depends on it.
Featured photo – screenshot of Russia/China alliance