Since the earliest days when communication satellites were first launched into orbit, outer space has been used for military purposes. Today, military establishments all over the world use satellites for command and control, communication, monitoring, early warning and for various forms of navigation via the indispensable Global Positioning System (GPS). According to the online project "Reaching Critical Will" (RCW), the U.S. also uses satellites to direct bombing raids and "to control any situation or defeat any adversary across the range of military operations."
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