Thursday, December 31, 2015

China Prepares For Space Warfare

Washington Times: China preps for space warfare

Following recent tests of anti-satellite missiles and near-space hypersonic vehicles, China’s military will soon create a new Space Force within the People’s Liberation Army, a sign Beijing is preparing for future space warfare.

Military analysts say there has been no official announcement of the new space warfare unit; however, unofficial sources in China revealed the unit will be part of a new Strategic Support Forces service that will include nuclear missiles — currently under the Second Artillery Force — along with an electronic information forces, cyber warfare units and electronic and signals intelligence.

The shift to space and information warfare is part of a major military reorganization that has been underway in China for the past several years. It’s designed to transform the once ground forces-heavy PLA into a high-technology force.

WNU Editor: The Chinese are not the only ones who are investing in space warfare .... Russia Flight Tests Anti-Satellite Missile (Washington Free Beacon). More on Russia's space "warfare program" is here.

Update: Maybe, maybe not .... Could a war in space really happen? (Chris Bowlby, BBC).

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