The Pentagon spends $22 billion on space programs and is investing an additional $5 billion in space efforts this year, including $2 billion for what is known as "space control,” which includes its highly classified offensive programs. [Air Force Gen. John] Hyten declined to discuss the ways in which the United States is preparing to attack other countries in space. But the United States has had the capability to blow up satellites since 1985, when an F-15 fighter pilot fired a missile into space that took out an old military observation satellite. [The Washington Post]
The U.S. currently relies on space satellites for everything from providing communication in remote areas and guiding ships, bombs, and drones, to providing civilians with driving directions and television signals. "We have considered space a sanctuary for quite some time," Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work said. "And therefore a lot of our systems are big, expensive, enormously capable, but enormously vulnerable."
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