General: China Space Threat Drives U.S. Space Warfare Buildup

A Long March 4B (CZ-4B) carrier rocket carrying the CBERS-4 satellite lifts off at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan city, north China's Shanxi province, Dec. 7, 2014

China’s growing space warfare capabilities are prompting the Air Force to develop military space weapons to protect U.S. satellites and shoot down enemy systems, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said in an interview that will air on Sunday.

“It’s a competition I wish wasn’t occurring, but it is,” Air Force Gen. John Hyten, the space commander, tells CBS News.

“And if we’re threatened in space, we have the right of self defense and we’ll make sure we can execute that right.”

Tear Down These Tariffs

Ports of Los Angeles

Now she knows how I feel. In a statement posted to her campaign website, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts laments that the Obama administration has kept secret the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership—TPP for short—the decade-in-the-making free trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries that will soon be put to a vote in Congress. “If the American people would be opposed to a trade agreement if they saw it,” she writes in bolded text, “then that agreement should not become law of the United States.”

Images Show Rapid Chinese Progress on New South China Sea Airstrip

Xi Jinping

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Recent satellite images published on Thursday show China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested territory in the South China Sea’s Spratly Islands and may be planning another, moves that have been greeted with concern in the United States and Asia.