New Pentagon report warns of Russian and Chinese laser threats to US satellites

(CNN)A new Pentagon report on threats in space warns that China and Russia are both developing capabilities to threaten the US’ preeminent position, including lasers that could target and destroy US satellites. They also house sensors involved in detecting enemy missile launches. The report comes as the Chinese government has been increasingly stepping up its space program, becoming the first nation to land a probe on the far side of the moon in January. The growth of China’s space capabilities and the need to help safeguard US satellites have been cited by the Trump administration as a reason why the US needs a Space Force. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has yet to respond to the new US report. Anti-satellite …