Coats has stated in his report that in the era of global space expansion, some countries, such as Russia and China are seeking to create antisatellite
weapons (ASAT) to reduce the military effectiveness of US (and its allies') forces on the ground, Sputnik reported.
Capability of the Phased Adaptive Approach Missile Defense System, Federation of American Scientists Public Interest Report, Winter.
Carter also cited US concerns about Chinese and Russian efforts to develop antisatellite
weapons that could destroy critical US national security satellites, citing China's 2007 antisatellite
test that created over 3,000 pieces of debris.
For example, China conducted successful antisatellite
missile tests in 2007 and 2014.
Navy blockading capacity, developing irregular warfare capacity among China's minority populations, and developing antisatellite
Early in the movie Gravity, a Russian antisatellite
missile test unleashes a cloud of debris that shreds the International Space Station.
2) In fact, the anticipation of this launch had sparked reports in the United States that China would be testing an antisatellite
(ASAT) missile that might be able to attack US global positioning system (GPS) navigation satellites orbiting at an altitude of 20,000 kilometers (km).
China's new antisatellite
(ASAT) capability demonstrated that the People's Republic of China (PRC) had the means to launch the weapon in an offensive manner against US or allied space assets.
With the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in place, the countries should expand negotiations to include cyber and space, by agreeing not to be the first to attack the other's critical computer networks and not to use nuclear or antisatellite
weapons against the other.
China's space program is controlled by the People's Liberation Army (PLA), which is steadily gaining experience in remote communication and measurement, missile technology, and antisatellite
warfare through missions like Chang'e 2.
The spent rocket was a leftover from China's test of an antisatellite
weapon in 2007.
For example, it is in the common interest to avoid actions that create space debris and threaten the environment of outer space, such as the January 2007 Chinese test of an antisatellite
device or the February 2008 U.