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Air Force Space Command Chief: Space Is Now A “War-Fighting Domain”

18 October 2017
Bloomberg News reports that US Air Force Space Command chief Gen. John Raymond told Bloomberg in an interview Monday that space is now “congested, contested and competitive,” presenting a “full range of threats” to US early warning, GPS, and communications satellites. Noting threats posed by China and Russia, Raymond asserted, “Our goal is not to have conflict in space. We want to deter that conflict from happening,” but that “space is not a benign domain. It’s a war-fighting domain and we need to treat it as such.” He said that the most immediate threat is not posed by adversaries but by space debris, and that the service sees “that congestion only growing.” Raymond also commented that Lockheed Martin’s “Space Fence” radar system, intended to help improve the tracking of space debris and scheduled to enter into operation next year, “is moving along pretty well.” (Image: The AN/FPS-133 Air Force Space Surveillance System, also known as the Space Fence. Credit: Wikipedia)
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