Watch out for Putin – America’s tech is at risk

February 21, 2024
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Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons in space endangers some of America’s most important technology, including the missile early warning system (SBIRS), the Global Positioning System (GPS), and the X-37 spaceplane.

Article Summary:

In a highly secret briefing, leaders in Congress were briefed on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to develop a nuclear anti-satellite weapon. This weapon could potentially cause extensive damage to America’s technology in space.

Some key points highlighted in the article include:

  • In the past, a nuclear test in space by the U.S. had significant repercussions, leading to concerns about the potential damage a similar test by Putin could cause.
  • Possible targets for Putin’s weapon include the SBIRS missile warning system, the GPS technology that powers many aspects of daily life and the economy, and the X-37 spaceplane.
  • The use of a space nuclear weapon could have political implications, such as rattling the U.S. and impressing China, Putin’s ally.

The United States Space Force is working on developing a new, less vulnerable architecture for its satellites to mitigate the threat posed by Russian and potentially Chinese anti-satellite capabilities.

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