Pentagon Report: DoD Needs to Test How Satellites Would Perform Under Attack

Artist's concept of Lockheed Martin's GPS 3 satellite (credit: U.S. Air Force).

Artist's concept of Lockheed Martin's GPS 3 satellite (credit: U.S. Air Force).

February 11, 2020 | Source: SpaceNews, Sandra Erwin, 1 February 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD's) Director of Operational Test and Evaluation warns in a new report that the military today is not able to assess the durability of its satellites if they came under attack.

The DoD plans to invest at least $100 billion in space systems over the next decade, “and we are not alone,” writes DOT&E director Robert Behler in his just-released annual report for fiscal year 2019.

“We therefore must thoroughly understand how our systems will perform in space, particularly when facing man-made threats,” says the report. “Yet, the DoD currently has no real means to assess adequately the operational effectiveness, suitability, and survivability of space-based systems in a representative environment."