The U.S. military will open a space war center in 6 months to counter the moves of Russia and China who are prepping for war in orbit.
The center will also be a data hub for all satellites. This was all announced by Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work on Tuesday at the GEOINT symposium sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.
Air Force Secretary Deborah James will take the role of “principal space advisor” who will oversee all the work the center does. It’ll be located at the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
This is all stemming from a $5 billion boost in space security funding in this year’s budget to counter Russia who many see as a legit threat in space.
The Pentagon and intelligence community are developing war plans and an operations center to fend off Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government satellites.
The ops center, to be opened within six months, will receive data from satellites belonging to all government agencies, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Tuesday at the GEOINT symposium, an annual intelligence conference sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.
“[W]e are going to develop the tactics, techniques, procedures, rules of the road that would allow us … to fight the architecture and protect it while it’s under attack,” Work said. “The ugly reality that we must now all face is that if an adversary were able to take space away from us, our ability to project decisive power across transoceanic distances and overmatch adversaries in theaters once we get there … would be critically weakened.”