Military space


From M. Gruntman, Blazing the Trail, AIAA, 2004,
Chapter 18, The First Thousand Years, pp.461-462.

... The military traditionally drove development of rocketry and space technology, paving the way to space. The importance and value of satellites for military operations on the ground will continue to grow, as was clearly demonstrated by the campaign in Iraq in 2003.

Air, land, and sea have witnessed conflict, and space is no different. Armed forces of various countries are routinely active and conduct operations on the high seas and in international airspace. It is logical to assume that military operations in space will become routine, driven by national security imperatives.

American economy, infrastructure, and national security depend on satellites more than those of any other nation, and consequently the United States will lead the effort to deter and to defend its space assets. It is only a question of time when the current space capabilities will be expanded to include spacecraft projecting force in, from, and through space. As navies patrol the high seas, space forces will inevitably be deployed in low-Earth orbit and then reach geostationary orbit and beyond. To try to avoid or slow down this development would invite a new Space Pearl Harbor. The unwillingness to defend oneself by force, if necessary, never brought freedom, security, and peace to anybody but blood, tears, and violent conflict that could have been otherwise averted. As Frank Loesser famously expressed it in his memorable song, “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition and we'll all stay free!” (Loesser 2003, 92)

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