Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Panel Says Satellites Exposed.

Byline: John J. Lumpkin Journal Staff Writer

Report Finds Nation Lacks Space Security

The U.S. has become reliant on satellites for both military and commercial activities but has taken little action to defend them, a blue-ribbon panel recently chaired by Defense Secretary-designate Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday.

The vulnerability makes the U.S. "an attractive candidate for a 'Space Pearl Harbor,' '' says the commission's report, which calls on Congress, the president and the military to focus its efforts on defending these satellites.

"We know from history that every medium air, land and sea has seen conflict. Reality indicates that space will be no different. Given this virtual certainty, the U.S. must develop the means both to deter and to defend against hostile acts in and from space," the report says.

If the incoming Bush administration makes space defense a priority and Rumsfeld's appointment suggests it will such a move would likely mean new investment in the military research complex in New Mexico. …

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