Pentagon raves about Elon Musk's Starlink defeating Russian attacks

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The U. S. Department of Defense has given rave reviews of billionaire Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service and the effectiveness it has already shown in defeating Russian electronic warfare attacks in Ukraine.

Dave Tremper, the director of electronic warfare for the Pentagon’s acquisition office noted how Starlink quickly shut down a Russian jamming effort just one day after it was detected. Temper said Musk’s satellite-internet service simply inserted a new line of code, “and suddenly that [Russian jamming attack] was not effective anymore.”

In comments reported by Defense News on Apr. 20, Temper said the way Starlink counteracted the electronic attack “is fantastic … and how they did that was eye-watering to me.”

Temper was so impressed by the way Starlink handled the attack, he called for the Pentagon to attain those same capabilities. He said the U. S. military is not currently able to make “those types of corrections” quickly and instead said it typically requires a “significant timeline” for such action from the government.

“The way that Starlink was able to upgrade when a threat showed up, we need to be able to have that ability,” Temper said. “We have to be able to change our electromagnetic posture, to be able to change very dynamically what we’re trying to do without losing capability along the way.”

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