The President Trump and Impending Star Wars
Beatrice E. Rangel
President Trump recently hit the nail on the head when informing that he had instructed the Secretary of Defense to create a Space Force. Needless to say, no one either in the administration of Congress cared to follow through with this indication of interest on the part of POTUS on a matter so vital to the US national interest. On the contrary, the administration leadership seemed to be completely immersed in the budgetary war that takes place every third quarter while Congress enthusiastically practices its favorite métier: bipolarity. The leit motif for the first group is accessing resources to cover the expectations of diverse constituencies that supported President Trump. Nothing else is in their radar screens. To Congress a permanent tug-of-war is enacted between those that want to cut short President Trump’s mandate and those that would like to see him reelected. As a result, no one has time for important matters.
And while we fail to discuss the Space Force proposal China and Russia are effectively preparing themselves to take over outer space. This could prove to be child’s play after their successful take over of cyber space. Both countries have become fixtures in all dimensions of cyber space including those where non-state actors seem to have taken over much in the same fashion that buccaneers and pirates took over the Caribbean Sea in the 17th through 18th century. Platforms either created by these two nations or friendly to them have blasted the world with all kinds of malware to bring down communication systems and gain advantage over the US. Meanwhile the US clings to the notion that cyber space is not territorial and thus limits its role to detect, deter and defeat criminal activity. Meanwhile China and Russia are leveraging their relatively successful take over o cyber space to begin the conquest of outer space. And therefore, President Trump’s interest in creating a space force not only has merit but should be discussed as seriously as was the space program in the 1950’s and 60s.
Should the matter be postponed or thrown into the dustbin , the US could face truly challenging times because, as Stratfor puts it, space …”not only provides the best possible vantage point to surveil activity on earth, it also greatly facilitates navigation, communication, targeting, and command and control. For the past 70 years, the U.S. military has leaned heavily on space as a force multiplier, integrating it as a critical component of its joint war-fighting capabilities thanks to technological advances in sensors and satellites.” Any take over of outer space by an unfriendly entity could thus bring dire consequences to the US national defense and economic lifeline. Unfortunately for we the people our representatives seem to care far more about Me-too than about the protection of our children’s future.
Published by LAHT.com on Monday, September 24th, 2018
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