Today, about 570 of the roughly 1,400 operational satellites orbiting Earth belong to the U.S. They provide capabilities to communicate, collect information and support national security. These satellites provide a critical edge for America’s private industry and its military. But this dominance is fading fast. Reports of China’s recent launch of the first “quantum” communications satellite raise the question of how the U.S. can best respond to its adversaries in ...


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