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Pentagon Sees China’s Offensive Space Technology ‘On the March’

  • China is investing in weapons to jam, destroy U.S. satellites
  • Beijing seeks to narrow gap in space technology with U.S.
China Launches Long March-7A Carrier Rocket
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China is making sizable, long-term investments in weapons designed to jam or destroy satellites as the nation seeks to rapidly narrow the gap in space technology with the U.S., according to the top intelligence official for the Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific command.

China is pushing to develop antisatellite weapons with capabilities from “dazzling to jamming, to kinetic kill-from-the-ground, from space -- all that, they’re on the march,” Rear Admiral Michael Studeman said this week during an intelligence-security trade group’s webinar.