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District of Columbia | October 26, 2021

China launches suspected anti-satellite weapon into space

District of Columbia | October 26, 2021

China has launched a new satellite that analysts say can be used as a weapon capable of grabbing and crushing American satellites. The Shijian-21 satellite was sent aloft on Sunday atop a rocket booster from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, ostensibly for cleaning “space debris.” The satellite reportedly is “tasked with demonstrating technologies to alleviate and neutralize space debris.” The robotic satellite launch followed a suspected recent test of a new hypersonic missile that Chinese officials said was a peaceful space experiment. The commander of the U.S. Space Command, Air Force Gen. James Dickinson told Congress in April that spacecraft like the Shijian-21 is part of an effort by China to seek “space superiority through space and space-attack systems.”… (Excerpts from the  Washington Times)

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District of Columbia | October 22, 2021

Intel Assessment: ‘High’ Chance Of International Conflict Over Water By 2040

District of Columbia | October 22, 2021

There’s no shortage of near-future fiction in which a lack of water is the source of all mankind’s woes — and, apparently, fire-guitars. But while screenwriters may take artistic license, increasing tensions over water availability is a very real security concern for US analysts and will only get worse if the world fails to address climate change, according to a new intelligence report. “[A]s temperatures rise and more extreme effects manifest, there is a growing risk of conflict over water and migration, particularly after 2030, and an increasing chance that countries will unilaterally test and deploy large-scale geoengineering — creating a new area of geopolitical disputes,” reads a National Intelligence Estimate on climate change, published today by the Director of National Intelligence…. (Excerpts from  Breaking Defense)

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District of Columbia, International | October 22, 2021

With Coercion and Black Boxes, Russia Installs a Digital Iron Curtain

District of Columbia, International | October 22, 2021

Russia has made the boldest move yet to censor the internet. Russia’s censorship technology, “the black boxes,” sits between companies that provide internet access and people who are browsing the web on a phone or laptop.The telecom companies had no choice but to step aside as government-approved technicians installed the equipment alongside their own computer systems and servers. Caged behind lock and key, the new gear linked back to a command center in Moscow, giving authorities startling new powers to block, filter and slow down websites that they did not want the Russian public to see. The process, underway since 2019, represents the start of perhaps the world’s most ambitious digital censorship effort outside of China…. (Excerpts from the New York Times)

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District of Columbia, International | October 22, 2021

New internet protocol to boost China state hacking

District of Columbia, International | October 22, 2021

The Chinese government recently announced it now leads the world in upgrading its wired infrastructure, and security analysts are warning the new Internet Protocol Version 6 will only increase the danger from Beijing‘s state hacking operations.
Han Xia, chief engineer at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said Oct. 11 that in China the number of applied addresses for IPv6, as the new protocol is called, ranks first in the world, state media reported. Internet communications protocols are used to identify and locate computers and networks, and route traffic throughout the global network. New IPv6 will better support the emerging “internet of things.” “What it means: Prepare for cyberattacks out of China to be bigger, harder to block and harder to track,” said a cybersecurity analyst who asked to remain anonymous to protect his privacy…. (Excerpts from the  Washington Times)

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District of Columbia, International | October 21, 2021

China conducted two hypersonic weapons tests this summer

District of Columbia, International | October 21, 2021
The Chinese military conducted two hypersonic weapons tests over the summer, raising US concerns that Beijing is gaining ground in the race to develop a new generation of arms.
On July 27 the Chinese military launched a rocket that used a “fractional orbital bombardment” system to propel a nuclear-capable “hypersonic glide vehicle” around the earth for the first time, according to four people familiar with US intelligence assessments. China subsequently conducted a second hypersonic test on August 13, according to two people familiar with the matter. Three people familiar with the first test in July said it stunned the Pentagon and US intelligence because China managed to demonstrate a brand new weapons capability, although they declined to elaborate on the details…. (Excerpts from the Financial Times)
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District of Columbia | October 21, 2021

Space Force commander warns of China’s growing threat to U.S. in space 

District of Columbia | October 21, 2021

China is threatening to overtake the U.S. military as the most dominant force in space, says the second in command of the now 3-year-old U.S. Space Force, who warns that Washington must dramatically accelerate its rollout of critical new technologies if it wants to retain superiority over the futuristic war-fighting domain. The good news, said Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David Thompson, is that the Pentagon’s newest branch is showing promise in speeding up the deployment of key assets to counter China’s rapidly advancing capacities, including its growing capability to attack U.S. satellites…. (Excerpts from the Washington Times)

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