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The most intriguing items may be two small plastic satellites on sticks that can be maneuvered to simulate a dogfight in space.Space is now a potential battle zone, Goldfein explains in an interview.If you think cyberwar raises some tricky issues, get your mind around this next big threat worrying the Pentagon. Roughly 350 satellites, or 25 percent of the total, are for military use.A wake-up call came with China's 2007 test of an anti-satellite missile that destroyed a Chinese target in space (creating more than 3,000 dangerous fragments).The military and the intelligence community barely talked to each other for decades on this issue, but last year the Air Force created a Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center that will soon have about 200 representatives coordinating operations across agencies.One little-discussed U.S. snooping operation is the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, which has four satellites monitoring the other traffic 35,000 kilometers above the planet.
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