Countries Developing Anti-Satellite Weapons

Sep 8, 2017

U.S. satellites are sitting targets. China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea are developing weapons to take them out. Currently the United States operates 500 civilian and military satellites. The Joint Chiefs of Staff estimates that a conflict in space would be “intense, highlighted by satellites maneuvering to hinder the operation of other satellites, co-orbital jamming, and the use of ground-based lasers to dazzle or destroy imaging sensors.” North Korea has successfully jammed GPS satellites that provided navigation data near North Korea. The ability to jam GPS signals would create massive problems for the use of weapons systems that rely on the GPS signal. Congress and various administrations have restricted the military from developing space based weapons and ground based anti-satellite capabilities. No such restrictions have been placed on other countries.