Mar 22, 2022

Australia launches Space Command to counter China

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Australia gets its own space force.

The Australian government yesterday launched the Space Command, a new defense agency with echoes of the US’ Space Force that has been tasked with securing the country’s place in an “already contested” cosmos.

Australian Minister for Defence Peter Dutton said the new defense arm would be modest to start with, although he gave no detailed staffing or budget figures.

In a speech to the Australian Air Force, he said that space “will undoubtedly become a domain that takes on greater military significance in this century.”

Space is becoming more congested and is already contested, particularly as the boundaries between competition and conflict become.

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