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The Next Battlefield: US Military Prepares For Space War That Could Leave The Earth Vulnerable

First Posted: Dec 01, 2016 03:40 AM EST
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The U.S. military is preparing for a possible attack in case adversaries would try to destroy the U.S. satellites in space.
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The U.S. military is preparing for a space war in case adversaries threaten the U.S. satellites. A possible attack of the satellites could cripple the military and civilian operations and capabilities. This will have an enormous effect on the daily lives of Americans and other people on the planet Earth.

Gen. John Hyten, the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, told CNN that as human go out there, there has always been conflicts such as the conflict in the Wild West as one moves in the West or conflict in Europe for its horrible wars. "So, every time humans physically move into that, there's conflict, and in that case, we'll have to be prepared for that."

Gen. Hyten cautioned that adversaries will soon make threats on the U.S. satellites in every orbital regime. He said that they have very good surveillance and intelligence capabilities. He added that they can see the threats that are being built and now developing capabilities to defend themselves.

CNN reports that America has been to conflict from here on Earth to cyberspace. Russia has positioned the "Kosmos 2499," which is a kamikaze satellite that could liquidate the satellites of the U.S. if ordered to wipe them out. Meanwhile, China has launched the "Shiyan." This could grasp the U.S. satellites in orbit with its "grappling arm."

According to Mail Online, the U.S. is now preparing its defense. It is building a laser weapon system that is like the one deployed by a warship in the Persian Gulf, but it was conceptualized for space. There is also the X-37b, a pilotless space drone. On the other hand, the U.S. has still had to catch up, according to experts.

Even so, Robert Work, the Deputy Defense Secretary, stated that the U.S. would retaliate if harmed in space. He further said that from the very beginning, if someone starts going after the space constellation, they are going to go after the capabilities that would prevent them from doing that. "Let me just say that - having the capability to shoot the torpedo would be a good thing to have in our quiver."

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