In January the Chinese demonstrated a new antisatellite weapon for the first time, destroying an obsolete Chinese weather satellite at an altitude of about 500 miles. Reportedly the intelligence community was aware that the test was imminent, but to the rest of the world it came as a considerable shock. The test is an example of an announced Chinese counter to the U.S. military's current style of operations, which is called network-centric, but is actually picture- or even sensor-centric. That is, the United States uses its extremely sophisticated sensors to leverage its limited numbers of weapons and platforms. When the sensors are less effective, as in Iraq, the leverage fails and our limited numbers tell against us.
World Naval Developments: War in Space?
By Norman Friedman, Author, The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems