Space Force leader: China poses “tremendous threat” to U.S. galactic domination

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Second-in-Command of the US Space Force warned on sunday The US must adapt its approach to space development to counter the “tremendous threat” posed by China.

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why it matters: General David Thompson’s remarks on “Fox News Sunday” underscore growing concerns that China may soon have an advantage in space, with the country already having a “full sweep of cyber capabilities.”

  • Thompson, the deputy chief of operations, also said that while China may soon have the ability to take out American sensors and reach first-strike capability in space, “it’s one of the reasons Space Force was created.”
  • In October, China launched a hypersonic missile, underscoring concerns about the country’s rapid military expansion and advanced weapons development, prompting some to fear the prospect of a “new Cold War”.

of note: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin blamed the hypersonic missile launch for further escalating tensions in the region. annual security talkswith South Korea last week.

  • while delivering keynote address At the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday, Austin said China is “focusing more on integrating its information, cyber and space operations.”
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What are they saying: “I don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion that they’ll be leading the space at the end of the decade, but they’re at an incredible pace,” Thompson told host Chris Wallace.

  • “We are the best in the world in space,” he said. “But they are aggressive and moving quickly and we need to adapt our approach.”
  • “We need to adapt to keep pace and get ahead of them.”

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