Automatic federal budget cuts are claiming a defense system aimed at keeping us safe from outer space threats.

Since 1961, the Air Force Space Surveillance System has scanned the skies for incoming threats.

But, according to ABC News, the so called "Space Fence" is the most recent program to fall victim to sequestration.

The Air Force estimates shutting the system down will save the government upwards of $14 million a year.

Some experts worry though about the risk of being caught off guard by falling space junk, satellites and asteroids.

The Air Force, however, insists it will still have "solid situational awareness" while a new, more sophisticated space fence is being developed.