US Space Force Holds War Game to Test Satellite Network Under Attack


Just weeks after Russia shot down an aging communications satellite, the United States is testing satellite resilience to threats from China and Russia miles above Earth’s surface.

Computer-assisted simulations include the possible shooting down of US missile-tracking satellites, satellite jamming, and other electronic warfare “effects” that are potential tactics in space warfare.

Real satellites are not used. During a visit to Shriver Space Force Base in Colorado, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks witnessed the ‘Space Flag’ mock space training exercise conducted by US forces.

This was the 13th such exercise and the third to involve partners such as the UK, Canada and Australia. Hicks told reporters along the way, “It happens in rooms like that … relatively junior-level people in many cases. Collaborating and thinking through challenges and trying to come up with concepts that make sense.” and shuns wandering thoughts.” airy.

Pentagon leaders are visiting US bases this week while the Biden administration’s draft 2023 budget takes shape. The Defense Department expects budget dollars to be directed toward an army that can stop China and Russia.

After Russia successfully conducted anti-satellite missile tests last month, US officials believe there is an increased need to make US satellite networks resilient to attack and use opportunities such as the ‘Space Flag’ for training. has been Satellites are important for military communications, global position navigation and timing systems needed in the event of war. The 10-day long space battle game attempts to emulate the cutting-edge of American capability in space.

The training exercise involved an opposing group working to simulate an aggressive nation with space capabilities like Russia or China. Russia is not the first country to conduct anti-satellite tests in space.

The United States made the first demonstration in 1959 when satellites were rare and new. In Hawaii, Hicks will meet with Pacific military commanders and visit the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to hear about water pollution issues.

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