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U.S. Air Force Space Chief Sees Final Frontier as Battleground

  • Space is a ‘war-fighting domain,’ four-star general says
  • U.S. personnel make 400,000 observations a day tracking debris
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Outer Space Is About to Get a Whole Lot Closer

Space, once seen as the benign final frontier, has evolved into a crowded potential battleground that the U.S. must defend as conflicts extend beyond Earth, according to the Air Force’s top military space official.

While officials once aspired to treat space as a peaceful refuge from the strife on Earth, it’s now “congested, contested and competitive”-- and “all three of those trends are trending upward,” General John W. “Jay” Raymond, the head of the Air Force Space Command, said in an interview Monday at Bloomberg headquarters in New York.