US ready for space warfare, says brigadier general Morehouse

Brigadier general Jesse Morehouse of the US Space Command stated that the US is prepared for space warfare and raised concerns about potential threats from China and Russia's space programs.
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Space Battle
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In the face of escalating tensions in outer space, a senior military official stated the United States stands ready to defend its interests using anti-satellite technologies. Brigadier General Jesse Morehouse of the US Space Command spoke candidly on Thursday, assuring, "The United States of America is ready to fight tonight in space if we have to."

The warning is directed at adversaries such as Russia and China and offers a reassuring message to US allies. Morehouse added, "If someone was to threaten the United States of America, or any of our interests, including those of our allies and partners with whom we have treaties of mutual defense support, we are ready to fight tonight." These comments were made at the US embassy in London and reported by The Guardian.

A Real Dog-fight in Space?

The space race has seen a shift in contenders over the years. In the 1960s, Russia was America's chief competitor in putting a man on the moon. However, leaked US intel documents seen by The Washington Post last month suggest that Russia's space program might be dwindling. In contrast, China's space program could "hold key US and Allied space assets at risk."

A potential space war will likely involve attacks on each other's satellites to debilitate critical infrastructure. Satellites play a pivotal role in defense communications and navigation. Morehouse noted that satellites are "going to be a normal part of warfare in the future" and "countering them is something that many nations are interested in."

Despite China, India, Russia, and the US having previously tested anti-satellite missiles, the US halted such operations last year due to the massive dust they generate. In addition to conventional missiles, China has also developed satellites equipped with robotic arms capable of "grappling" enemy satellites.

Morehouse hinted at the possibility of the US working on similar technologies that don't pose substantial risks to the surrounding environment. He likened creating a debris cloud to "detonating a nuclear weapon in your backyard," causing self-inflicted damage.

"Can you develop a capability that can counter satellites, that works very well, and validate that it works without creating a debris cloud on orbit every time you do so? Absolutely," he concluded, signaling a future of space warfare that is strategic and environmentally mindful.

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