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.
Early in the movie Gravity, a Russian antisatellite
missile test unleashes a cloud of debris that shreds the International Space Station.
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.
Both the United States and Soviet Union developed a range of antisatellite
missiles during the Cold War.
He specifically opposes a treaty to limit the development of antisatellite
One subject given "little analysis" by the Pentagon is the threat of Soviet space-based antisatellite
weapons that might attack the system.
Air Force antisatellite
missile in a test of the ASAT program.
States should refrain from developing and deploying space-based weapons or weapons that target space-based assets, including antisatellite