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US risks losing advantage in space to China and Russia, warn top Pentagon officials

04 December 2017

The US advantage in space over countries such as China and Russia is being eroded, and the US military “must move faster to maintain a lead in this critical warfighting domain”, the Department of Defense (DoD) in Washington quoted Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and General John E Hyten, commander of US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), as saying on 2 December at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California.

Adversaries saw the advantage the United States had during the first Gulf War (1990–91) and have spent the following decades developing ways to overcome the huge US lead in warfare, and that includes space dominance, said Gen Hyten, according to a DoD news release.

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