US Space Force conducts space war simulations to test resilience of US satellite communication networks

Weeks after Russia shot down an ageing communication satellite, the United States has begun testing the resilience of its satellite communication networks in order to deter threats from China and Russia.

The computer-aided simulations included potential shooting down of U.S. missile-tracking satellites, satellite jamming, and other electronic warfare “effects” that are possible tactics in space warfare. Actual satellites are not used.

During a visit to Schriever Space Force Base in Colorado, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks saw the ‘Space Flag’ simulation of training exercise hosted by U.S. forces. It was the 13th such exercise, and the third to involve partners such as Britain, Canada and Australia.

“It happens in rooms like that … people at a relatively junior level in many cases. Collaborating and thinking through challenges and trying to figure out concepts that seem to make sense and discarding ideas that go astray,” said Hicks.

The Department of Defense hopes to move financing towards creating a military resilient enough to deter China and Russia.

Satellites are vital to military communications, global positioning navigation, and timing systems that are needed in the event of a major global conflict.

The 10-day space war game attempts to simulate the cutting edge of the U.S. capabilities in space. The training exercise involved an adversarial group working to simulate an aggressor nation with space capabilities like Russia or China.

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