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Defense intelligence chief paints bleak picture of the space battlefield

RESTON, Va. ? The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said it?s not a matter of if, but when anti-satellite weapons developed by China and Russia take aim at U.S. spacecraft.

?These capabilities exist now,? Army Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said Nov. 7 at the CyberSat 2019 conference.

In a keynote speech to a large crowd of space industry executives, Ashley ran through a list of capabilities ? including surface-to-air missiles, lasers, electronic jammers, co-orbital maneuvering satellites and malware ? that Russia and China have developed and continue to advance in order to target U.S. satellites and ground control systems in a future conflict.

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