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Laying the groundwork for the next great global confrontation ... war has mostly been about competitive edge on wealth and economics next to doctrine and dogma.

The New Arms Race Threatening to Explode in Space | Wired |

At 2:28 pm (PST) their readouts showed a ballistic missile taking off from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center, located in the wooded mountains of Sichuan province. The missile rose into low Earth orbit, about 500 miles above Earth's surface, and appeared to close in on an aging Chinese weather satellite.

Then the telescopes showed a bright flash.

Minutes later, the radar screens began to track a growing cloud of debris--at least 3,000 pieces of shrapnel that would each, Shelton knew, spend the next several years slingshotting around Earth at speeds that could far exceed that of a bullet. Shelton was stunned. The Chinese had just shot a satellite out of the sky.

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By 2007, ships at sea and warplanes in the air had grown reliant on instant satellite communications with ground stations thousands of miles away. Government forecasters relied on weather satellites; intelligence analysts relied on high-­resolution imagery to anticipate and track adversaries the world over. GPS had become perhaps the single most indispensable global system ever designed by humans--the infrastructure upon which the rest of the world's infrastructure is based. (Fourteen of the 16 infrastructure sectors designated as critical by the Department of Homeland Security, like energy and financial services, rely on GPS for their operation.)

Now, [US Air Force major general] William Shelton feared, all those satellites overhead had become so many huge, unarmored, billion-dollar sitting ducks.

Spoof, Jam, Destroy: Why We Need a Backup for GPS | Wired - limited articles |

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