On February 27, Forward Defense Director Clementine Starling and Deputy Director for Strategic Forces Policy Mark Massa were quoted in Air and Space Forces Magazine. They wrote about the effects that a nuclear detonation in space could have on satellites, stating that “A nuclear detonation in space would add significant radiation to orbits used by a number of U.S. military satellites, causing them to degrade in the weeks and months following the detonation unless they are specifically hardened against radiation.”

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