The militarization of space has long been a subject of science fiction. It is now an important reality.
Jerry Hendrix, retired U.S. Navy Captain and columnist for the National Review says President Trump is getting out in front of the problem by asking if the nation has arrived at the point where it needs to build a space force focused exclusively on the defense of U.S. interests in outer space.
“The United States has more and more national security interests and economic interests in space. A lot of our economy is increasingly running through space communications (such as) banking. We have a lot of entertainment that comes down from space, you know, direct-to-home television services. There’s a lot of economic opportunities developing with mining opportunities, both with asteroids and with the moon. And we’re beginning to understand the importance of the geography of space.”
And space has long been used as a vantage point for the surveillance of the planet.
“The United States has satellites which it constantly uses to constantly monitor – to see if there’s rocket launches going off that might signify that there’s a nuclear attack going on that’s against the United States or its allies.”
With the increase in vital economic activity in space, Hendrix says it is important that the U.S. have the means to defend those interests.
Jerry Hendrix was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
By Sandy Wells