A “kamikaze” satellite hits and destroys other nations’ critical satellites.
Another satellite moves beside an Intelsat bird — and listens in.
A new CNN special considers all of these possibilities in an exploration of an arms race in space, showcasing the devastation that would be caused by space warfare and how the U.S. military is preparing.
“War in Space: The Next Battlefield” premiered Nov. 29 on CNN. It provides the general public with an understanding of the critical nature of GPS, ranging from mundane activities such as daily commutes and withdrawing money from a bank, to the reliance on GPS for soldiers and intelligence agencies defending the U.S.
The documentary explores the belief by many in the military and civilian experts that war in space is inevitable, with particular attention to methods China and Russia might use to interfere with or disable GPS.
CNN goes inside Lockheed Martin’s facility, where it is building the next-generation GPS III satellite, as well as U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, and visits the 2SOPS team at Schriever Air Force Base.
CNN national security correspondent Jim Sciutto interviews the chain of command for space warfare, including Gen. William L. Shelton and Gen. John Hyten, both former commanders of Air Force Space Command. (Gen. Hyten is now commander of U.S. Strategic Command).
Also interviewed are Adm. Cecil Haney (Ret.), former commander of U.S. Strategic Command; Lt. Gen. David Buck, commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space; and Defensive Duty Officer 1st Lt. Andrew Engle, a newly created position to monitor threats in space.
If you haven’t seen this documentary, you can still watch it through on demand on cable and via the CNNgo app.