Today, SWF is releasing the 2019 edition of our annual Global Counterspace Capabilities Report that provides an in-depth assessment of counterspace and anti-satellite (ASAT) capabilities being developing around the world. The report is a compilation of publicly-available information for various countries developing counterspace capabilities across several categories: direct ascent, co-orbital, directed energy, electronic warfare, and cyber. For each of these categories, the report assesses the current and near-term capabilities for the countries examined in the report, their potential military utility, and any policy, doctrine, or budget support. Taken together, the analysis is intended to provide a holistic picture of each country’s counterspace programs and how those capabilities may be used.
Major additions for 2019 include:
More details on Chinese and American directed energy weapons research for counterspace applications
New rendezvous and proximity operations (RPO) being conducted in the geosynchronous region by the United States, Russia, and China
Information on what appears to be a new Russian co-orbital ASAT program known as Burevestnik
Preliminary details about the March Indian ASAT test and the previous failed test in February
Recent efforts in the United States, Russia, and China to re-organize military space bureaucracy to support space warfighting
Thrip cyber espionage attacks against ...