It is safe to say that the Earth and particularity advanced countries are heavily dependent on satellite. Satellites ensure communications over long distances, the internet, and even GPS. All these things are essential for the US.
This is part of the reason why the US closely monitors other country's satellites and in particular, Russia. Thus far all the satellites launched by Russia have been purely for developmental purposes.
However, the most recent satellite had a fragment break off, and the US initially thought it was debris. But after close monitoring, they realized that the fragment was real a weapon able to destroy other satellites ion its orbit.
If that was not enough China also launched and offensive satellite called Shiyan. The Chinese masked the capabilities of this satellite under experimental purposes. But after the US closely surveyed the probe the established that the satellite had tong-like structures built to rip another satellite from its orbit.
"We saw the approach, we saw the larger spacecraft come close to the smaller spacecraft, and then we no longer saw the smaller spacecraft," said Paul Graziani, CEO of civilian satellite tracker Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI).
But he said that that is not the only capabilities of the Chinese satellite, it is also able to pick up signals from nearby satellites.
The US has taken these satellites as credible threats and decided to launch their own offensive vessels into out space as a precautionary measure. The satellite will have laser capabilities able to destroy both sensory gadgets on earth and in space.
This looks like something from a SCIFI film, but the US army insists it is something very much ready for deployment.