Recently, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in the United States submitted an 80-page report to address the Biden administration and action.
The report, quoted by The Singapore Post, said it gave credence to what was suspected international society until now China has reached a stage of self-help in space technology and acquired abilities to “win in a major conflict with United States and aggressively launches, acquires, and acquires through espionage the counter-space capabilities necessary to do so. “
“As China’s and Russia’s space and counter space capabilities increase, both nations integrate space scenarios into their military exercises,” the report said, according to The Singapore Post.
However, DIA focuses more on the activities regarding China whose findings are “most worrying for the United States, not only because of the country’s rapid growth in space – doubling the number of ISR satellites it has in space to 250 since 2018 – but also its rapid acquisition and pursuit of counter space capacity”.
“The PLA probably sees counter-space operations as a means of deterring and countering US intervention during a regional military conflict,” the DIA wrote in the report.
The DIA quoted an article from DefenseOne, the military analysis website, as saying, “China has claimed that ‘destroying or capturing satellites and other sensors’ would make it difficult for the US and allied military to use precision-guided weapons.”
The DIA also found that China “is likely to develop jammers dedicated to targeting SARs, including aboard military reconnaissance platforms,” citing advanced synthetic aperture radar systems that allow clear images even at night or in bad weather, DefenseOne said.
These jammers “would be the key to preventing US and US-affiliated commercial satellite companies from maintaining a clear picture of Taiwan, as they have done in Ukraine”.
In particular, China’s National Space Administration is China’s equivalent to NASA. It is overseen by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, which handles defense-related science and technology, including China’s state-owned defense conglomerates.
The infrastructure in the country’s space program is similarly militarized. Under its command, the PLA runs the launch sites, control centers and even satellites.
Most of the personnel, including the astronauts working in the space program, are military personnel, according to The Singapore Post.
The DIA report, analyzes by DefenseOne and Western military experts all say with one voice, while there may be huge potential for a Chinese and Americans working together on space programs, China is facing a confidence deficit.
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