Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The 19th Century Argument for a 21st Century Space Force

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The 19th Century Argument for a 21st Century Space Force

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

The argument for a Space Force is not about Star Wars. It’s about how seriously you take space as a realm for future human activity.

NASA/Getty Images

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

The argument for a Space Force is not about Star Wars. It’s about how seriously you take space as a realm for future human activity.

NASA/Getty Images

Government sclerosis is no match for the hot take industrial complex. Since President Trump ordered the Department of Defense to prepare for a sixth military branch in June—an order that has stalled, since it requires congressional approval—the debate over this proposed Space Force has become so clouded by partially-informed, mostly-partisan rhetoric, there’s barely enough light for an honest appraisal.

The bare facts are these: The American military has operated in space for over half a century, and Trump’s Space Force is one of several proposals for how—not whether—to continue its orbital commitment. So, forget Moon bases, battles for Mars, and dogfights through the asteroid belt. Moot your hot-blooded support, sputtering antagonism, or news-numbed apathy to whatever any politician says. And please, stop chuckling at the name. The Space Force deserves your unclouded consideration. America’s role in humanity’s accelerando of space-based science, exploration, and business depends, in no small part, on its commitment to space-based power.

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