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Counterspace Weapons 101

Caroline Amenabar / CSIS

The following is an excerpt from Space Threat Assessment 2018, a report from the CSIS Aerospace Security Project. Download a PDF version of this chapter in the full report here.

Counterspace weapons vary significantly in the types of effects they create, the level of technological sophistication required, and the level of resources needed to develop and deploy them. Counter-space weapons also differ in how they are employed and how easy they are to detect and attribute. There are four broad categories of counter-space weapons:

For a more details and examples on counterspace weapons, read Space Threat Assessment 2018. Aerospace

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