U.S. Air Force Looks For New Ways to Buy, Protect Satellites

Government Executive: PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, COLORADO — The U.S. Air Force is looking to diversify its satellite constellations by buying smaller, cheaper spacecraft, part of a plan to better protect its space assets from Russian and Chinese interference, military officials say.

This and other moves are meant to give the Air Force backups to its existing, more expensive satellites, and ultimately make it more difficult for an enemy to disrupt services delivered via space.

“Adversaries are investing in capabilities to defeat our space [assets],” said Brig. Gen. John Shaw, Air Force Space Command’s head of requirements, plans, programs and analysis.

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