Gen. David Thompson of the U.S. Space Force spoke candidly with a Washington Post reporter during the Halifax International Security Forum, which occurred between Nov. 19 and 21 this year.
“The threats are really growing and expanding every single day,” Thompson said. “And it’s really an evolution of activity that’s been happening for a long time. We’re really at a point now where there’s a whole host of ways that our space systems can be threatened.”
Thompson, the vice-chief of space operations, labeled the attacks as “reversible,” meaning no permanent damage to satellites, but the attacks occur “every single day,” The Washington Post reported.
Thompson did not comment on any possible permanent or significant damage from such attacks, but he cautioned that the Chinese “are actually well ahead” of Russia, fielding operational systems “at an incredible rate.”