Pentagon Report: DoD Needs to Test How Satellites Would Perform Under Attack

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February 11, 2020 | Originally published by Date Line: February 11 on

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense”s (DoD”s) Director of Operational Test and Evaluation warns in a new report that the military today is not able to assess the durability of its satellites if they came under attack.

The DoD plans to invest at least $100 billion in space systems over the next decade, “and we are not alone,” writes DOT&E director Robert Behler in his just-released annual report for fiscal year 2019.

“We therefore must thoroughly understand how our systems will perform in space, particularly when facing man-made threats,” says the report. “Yet, the DoD currently has no real means to assess adequately the operational effectiveness, suitability, and survivability of space-based systems in a representative environment.”

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