The Trump administration's new defense policy includes military and other operations as responses to space attacks.
American space systems are vital for "our prosperity, security, and way of life," John Rood, undersecretary of defense for policy, said before a House Armed Services subcommittee Wednesday, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
The Defense Department's "space capabilities are critical for effective deterrence, defense, and force projection capabilities," Rood said at the hearing.
"Due to the critical importance of these assets, the national security strategy states, ‘any harmful interference with or attack upon critical components of our space architecture that directly affects this vital U.S. interest will be met with a deliberate response at a time, place, manner, and domain of our choosing," he added.
Rood said the Pentagon is seeking $12.5 billion for fiscal year 2019 for building up "more resilient defendable space architecture."
Air Force Gen. John Hyten testified along with Rood about potential new weapons.
"New long-range, survivable, lethal, and time-sensitive strike capabilities, such as a hypersonic weapon, will allow the U.S. to achieve its military objectives in these environments… this new weapon class prevents adversaries from exploiting time and distance and provides additional response options below the nuclear threshold," Hyten said.
Hyten, the U.S. Strategic Command chief, also commented during the hearing on Russian President Vladimir Putin claiming to have "invincible" nuclear weapons. "We are ready for all the threats that are out there and no one, no one should doubt this," Hyten said at the hearing, Voice of America reported.
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