Experts from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission urge lawmakers to take action as China continues to advance its space-related activities, Space News reported Thursday. Members of the commission, which was established in 2000 to analyze the national security impacts of U.S. trade relations with China, testified before Congress on the actions the government must take to address Chinaâs space achievements and growingÂ anti-satellite arsenal.
According to Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and 2019 Wash100 AwardÂ winner, the service branch is investingÂ technologies to address potential threats. Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the Department of Defense must improveÂ deterrence and developÂ satellite communications capabilities with advanced encryption and anti-jamming features.
âUltimately, to effectively deter conflict from extending into space we must credibly communicate that we are prepared to fight a conflict that extends into space,â he added.
Mark Stokes, executive director of the Project 2049 Institute, warned that Chinaâs counter space technologiesÂ could potentially target U.S. space assets including GPS, communications and reconnaissance capabilities.
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