The War in Space Has Already Begun

The revelation in Defense News (“China Tried to Blind U.S. Sats with Laser,” September 25, 2006) that China has been conducting tests over the past several years designed to blind U.S. satellites should serve as a wake-up call to the American public and the national security establishment. If there ever were questions about whether future adversaries would use space as a battleground, they are now clearly settled.

By virtue of the words of their strategic thinkers and now their very actions, the Chinese recognize that space-based assets are keys to American military might and are now actively pursuing and using the means to threaten or disable those assets.

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