"China and Russia, in particular, make up various ways to exploit the US's expectations of relying on space base systems and challenge US position in space," said Defense Intelligence Agency report.
was published Monday, was titled "Space Security Challenges," and analyzed Russian, Chinese, Iranian and North Korean space capabilities.
United States satellites play critical role in everything from navigation, weapons targeting and intelligence gathering, to North Korea's nuclear weapons program and tracking activity of Russia and Chinese Chinese .
These are home sensors involved in discovering enemy missile launches.
The need to help safeguard US satellites is mentioned by Trump's administration as a reason why the US Needs a Space Force.
The report details Russian and Chinese anti-satellite weapons, including electronic warfare systems, direct energy weapons and "kinetic" anti-in
It claims that both Beijing and Moscow are " likely "conducting" laser weapons to interrupt, ignore, or harm satellites and their sensors. "
"the low-orbit-based environmental sensors by 2020, and by the middle of the late 2020, it could exceed the higher power systems that continue to threaten the structures of non-optical satellites, "according to the report
It further added that China" probably has the limited ability to use laser systems against satellite sensors. "
Reports say that Russia delivered a laser weapon to its Aerospace Forces before July 201
"Russia also creates a laser anti-satellite firearm system to use against space-based missile defense sensors," reports the report.