For decades, our nation has promoted and sustained a policy of peaceful use of space. We have also taken advantage of the military attributes this “high ground” has to offer GPS and space-based intelligence platforms have delivered advantages.
But Russia and China have also developed their own significant capabilities in space. Foreign threats from space are real and the United States needs to up its game. Thankfully the Defense Department just formally established the U.S. Space Command.
Just as Central Command handles military operations in the Middle East Space Command will be charged with those same responsibilities in the domain of space. Trump’s comprehensive drive may very well put us back in the lead of space exploration.