Pentagon Undersecretary: U.S. Losing Space Advantage

Posted March 18, 2015 at 5:03am

Breaking Defense reports that “After more than a year of saying that the United States is losing its relative edge in military technology to China and Russia, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer upped the ante today and said that the top American advantage — space — “is particularly bad” because both Russia and China are fielding a suite of anti-satellite capabilities.”  

“The chart below sketches out the most detailed accounting [Undersecretary Frank Kendall] has offered on this crucial topic. Of course, the details are classified as they involve threat assessments and assessments of foreign governments’ technological prowess. But in this simplified depiction, downward-pointing arrows are bad — and the “space domain” has more of them than any other category:”  

Chart from Breaking Defense
Chart from Breaking Defense