A U.S. Congress hearing on March 29 focused on the vulnerability of satellite systems to strategic attacks, according to an article by The Hill. The GPS constellation in particular was discussed as critical to energy, telecommunications and finance sectors.
Experts and lawmakers expressed their concerns at the joint hearing between the House Homeland Security Committee and House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.
The Hill quotes William Sheldon, former commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command: “Many of us remember the tagline from the 1979 movie Alien: ‘In space, no one can hear you scream.’ From my perspective, apparently no one can hear you scream about space vulnerabilities either. Many have banged the gong since 2007, but 10 years of studies and policy debates have not produced tangible improvements in our space defense posture. If you know the armed burglar is on the front porch, you do not wait until he’s inside to take action.”
Retired military officials and a former deputy administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency were among those testifying.