Department of Defense: SpaceX shut down a Russian electromagnetic warfare attack; it was ‘Eyewatering’ – SpaceNews

When it comes to reacting to emerging threats, the Pentagon’s director for electromagnetic warfare suggested today that the US military’s electronic warfare organization should borrow a leaf from SpaceX. SpaceX founder Elon Musk said that Russia had blocked Starlink terminals in Ukraine for hours at a time after SpaceX shipped Starlink terminals to Ukraine in February in an apparent attempt to assist Ukraine to preserve its internet connection during the conflict with Russia.

Starlink was back up and running after a software upgrade, according to Musk, who added on March 25 that the constellation had “resisted all hacking & jamming efforts” in Ukraine. Assuming Musk — who is known for being a showboater in his public pronouncements — is giving an accurate image, a private company thwarting Russian EW efforts with software upgrades is the type of thing that makes Pentagon EW specialists sit up and take notice.