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Weeks after the Air Force launched the X-37B reusable space plane on a classified mission and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched a hypersonic glider over the Pacific, the Russians are looking at their own inventory of space weaponry — and are worrying of a serious lag behind the United States.

Russian news agency RIA-Novosti reports today that a group of retired Russian generals has called for an upgrade to the country’s space defenses, saying that the Russian defense industry has fallen dangerously behind and that the country has a limited capability to counter possible threats from space.

“Frankly, our space defense capabilities are limited and insufficient to ensure our national security,” the agency quoted former Russian air force commander Anatoly Kornukov at a roundtable on the future of Russia’s air and space defenses.

Anatoly Sitnov, the former head of procurement for Russia’s armed forces, had a better (and more eeeevil!) quote. “Who owns space, owns the world,” he said. “When we tried to test laser weapons in space, we were told that the militarization of outer space must not occur and we stopped, but the United States has started and continues to test these weapons even today.”

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