Which is more important: Space Exploration or Space Defense?
No doubt, proponents of the newly proposed Space Force as the sixth military branch has one thing on their minds: war. How many times has someone referred to space as a 'war-fighting domain' or something similar? Plenty.
Many reading this are probably in the camp that both exploration and defense of space are needed, but wondering, How the hell are we going to pay for both?
Good question. Everyone who has followed space exploration over the years knows that nearly everything in this world and reaching out to other worlds comes down to one thing: funding. Sure, there may be some overlap of existing space commands where people and assets trickle over to this new Space Force, but defending space, which we know entails going on the offensive, is an expensive endeavor. Especially, when the graduation from anti-satellite weapons launched from the ground and water to being launched from flying aircraft will certainly one day be fired from armed satellites or other orbiters in higher spheres. We'll save the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 for another time.
Sound familiar? For those old enough or not who researched it, remember another President's similar proposal where Ronald Reagan had proposed a Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) thirty-six years ago in 1983? I'm not old enough to remember it, but I researched it. We're talking X-ray Lasers, Chemical Lasers, Neutral Particle Beams, Lasers and Mirrors, Hyper-velocity Rail-gun, Brilliant Pebbles, and other science fiction technology to be developed. And some of it was and still exists today in what is called the Missile Defense Agency of the DOD.
So, if you had to choose only one (no fence riding) would you chose to have money, time, and effort spent on Space Exploration or Space Defense?
Kip Stanton from War For The Spheres https://www.wgtuttle.com/war-for-the-spheres
'Our take on it is COUNTRY REMOVED beliefs concerning the treaty changed as they changed. If they don’t believe the articles in the treaty are worth abiding by anymore, then their actions will mirror those new beliefs. Meaning, take Article 1 for example. If COUNTRY REMOVED doesn’t believe that the exploration of space should benefit all of mankind, but only COUNTRY REMOVED, or that space shouldn’t be free to all who venture there, because the COUNTRY REMOVED want to control it, then COUNTRY REMOVED newfound problem with the treaty and its governing principles becomes everyone’s problem. And I haven’t even told you the problem and how big it truly is.'