While civilians use satellites for TV, GPS, and other communications, militaries rely on them too. Over 25 percent of U.S. satellites are operated by the military.
Militarization does not, however, mean weaponization. In the United States, proposed space weapons (not yet active in space) include both “anti-satellite” weapons (ASAT) and space-based missile defense systems.
Attacks on satellites during a conflict, or during a time of tension leading to a conflict, are a very real possibility—but space weapons are a counterproductive, dangerous, and destabilizing precedent.