U.S. moves to speed military space upgrades under pressure from China, Russia

SpaceDaily.com reports: “The United States will accelerate its space program to compete with China’s, a senior Defense Department official said.

Vice President Mike Pence last year announced the U.S. military would create a sixth branch, the Space Force, by 2020 as part of a renewed focus on space exploration, as well as to meet concerns about the country’s ability to defend assets in space.

While the U.S. military already is tasked with a variety of space responsibilities — it operates the widely used GPS system, for example — the Air Force Space Command also has stepped up preparations to defend space with its Space Flag series of exercises.

A major part of pushing forward with these efforts, Pentagon officials say, is to first create a Space Development Agency that will focus on defensive capabilities for space-based assets, as well as better global defenses against missile attacks…”

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