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US facing increased threats to its space interests, report says

The United States faces increased threats to its space program as adversaries develop measures to combat satellite reconnaissance, a new report says.The report, issued Thursday by the Council on Foreign Relations, details how China, North Korea and Iran are developing “counterspace” abilities, or ways they can interfere with America’s space program at a time of crisis. Inadvertent side effects of these nations’ space programs, such as leaving space debris that could potentially damage American satellites or cause accidents, are also highlighted in the report.CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORTThe United States is especially vulnerable given its reliance on satellites for national security, including the targeting of suspected terrorists and imagery analysis of nuclear weapons programs, said the report, which urges the U.S. to take the lead in crafting regulations for space use.“The United States has strategic interests in preventing and mitigating dangerous space incidents, given its high re...

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