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The Stellar Dance: US, Russia Satellites Make Potentially Risky Close Approaches

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US GSSAP satellites moved to within 10 kilometers of five Russian GEO-based satellites between 2016 and 2018, new Russian space observation data shows.

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Shanahan: China Is Deploying Directed Energy Weapons

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The space threat’s the thing at this year’s Space Symposium.

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Russia Builds New Co-Orbital Satellite: SWF, CSIS Say

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“I think the most important bits are … about the recent Russian RPOs likely being an SSA/intelligence program and possibly supporting the new Burevestnik co-orbital program,” said Brian Weeden, technical advisor to the Secure World Foundation.

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U.S. India ASAT Test React May Backfire, Experts Say

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The India ASAT test could have provided an opportunity for leadership from the Trump administration to help prevent the creation of space debris.

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India Anti-Satellite Strike: Less Debris Likely, Not Like China’s

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Much of the debris will burn up in the atmosphere in weeks — but the potential for a global arms race in space won’t disappear so soon.

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CSIS On The Second Space Age: ‘Diverse, Disruptive, Disordered And Dangerous’

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WASHINGTON: We knew space was congested, contested and all that. But the folks at CSIS have recast that to good effect in a report actually worth reading in detail. The Second Space Age (yes, they’ve come up with a catchy rubric!) is, they say, more diverse, disruptive, disordered, and dangerous than the first space age.” How… Keep reading →

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Air Force Space Budget Up $1.5B; Teague ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ On OCX DAB Meet

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PENTAGON: The big news on the 2018 Air Force space budget: it grew at least $1.5 billion. That’s a large increase considering the total budget request is $10.4 billion. For perspective, the entire Defense Department space budget last year — known as the space Major Force Program — was $22 billion. The Air Force oversees the vast… Keep reading →

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STRATCOM Raises Spectre Of Offensive War In Space

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SPACE SYMPOSIUM: Offensive war in space is one of the truly hot button defense policy issues. Advocates say it is inevitable. Opponents say it violates the ideal of a cosmos marked for exploration and peaceful coexistence. Some say war in space would violate the Outer Space Treaty, which bars nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass… Keep reading →

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Not So Seamless: AFSPC’s Hyten Decries Ops Center Stovepipes

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NATIONAL HARBOR: The Air Force vision is of a seamless global network, swiftly spotting threats and taking them down with smart bombs, computer viruses, or (one day) lasers as the situation demands. The reality? Not so seamless. Air Force Space Command, for example, houses both the military’s space operations center and a new cyber ops… Keep reading →

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STRATCOM Must Be Warfighters, Not FAA In Space: Lt. Gen. Kowalski

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CAPITOL HILL: The US military spends too much time acting as the FAA of space and not enough watching for potential threats, the deputy chief of Strategic Command said today. That has to change as outer space becomes increasingly contested and increasingly intertwined with cyberspace, Lt. Gen. James Kowalski told a Peter Huessy breakfast here.… Keep reading →

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