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The Secure World Foundation (SWF) has issued a new report – Global Counterspace Capabilities: An Open Source Assessment – that focuses on space security.

“Over the last several years, there has been growing concern from multiple governments over the reliance on vulnerable space capabilities for national security, and the corresponding proliferation of offensive counterspace capabilities that could be used to disrupt, deny, degrade, or destroy space systems,” explains a SWF statement.

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The impressive report of nearly a 150 pages is a compilation of publicly-available information for various countries developing counterspace capabilities across several categories: direct ascent, co-orbital, directed energy, electronic warfare, and cyber.

Included in the report are reviews of efforts by the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, the United States, as well as the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of India, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“Our global society and economy is increasingly dependent on space capabilities,” explains SWF, “and a future conflict in space could have massive, long-term negative repercussions that are felt here on Earth.”

Editors of the document are: SWF’s Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning and Victoria Samson, Washington, D.C. Office Director.

For the report, go to:

https://swfound.org/media/206118/swf_global_counterspace_april2018.pdf

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