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[i]Ashley Tellis of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) today that China's counterspace capabilities are "extremely serious" and "on a par" with its offensive cyber operations. The only issue on which witnesses disagreed was on the value of diplomacy and a Code of Conduct in addressing the threat.
Also testifying at the HASC hearing today were Robert Butterworth of Aries Analytics and Michael Krepon of the Stimson Center. The hearing was before the HASC subcommittees on Strategic Forces and on Seapower and Projection Forces.
Tellis asserted that the "current and evolving counterspace threat posed by China to U.S. military operations... is extremely serious and the threat ranks on par with the dangers posed by Chinese offensive cyber operations to the United States more generally." He added that the "diversity and complexity" of China's counterspace activities make them "particularly problematic." He listed a spectrum of capabilities from direct ascent and co-orbital antisatellite (ASAT) programs to electromagnetic warfare to directed energy and radio frequency weapons as well as computer network attack capabilities.[/i]
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