Protecting U.S. satellites will be one of the major challenges in space warfare, according to top U.S. generals.
The primary threats come from potential first strikes by China and Russia, both of which have advanced space capabilities, Gen. B. Chance Saltzman, chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force, told attendees at an April 5 forum on space defense.
Of particular concern is the latest generation of anti-satellite missiles from China, which are capable of maneuvering to avoid detection.
While China seems to have the greater capability to conduct space warfare, Russia has demonstrated a willingness to attack space targets and remains an acute threat, according to Saltzman. Russia “is deploying asymmetric counter-space systems meant to neutralize American satellites,” he said….