In his recent Real Clear Politics op-ed, Brandon J. Weichert talks about the threat that China’s space and Mars program poses the United States. Don’t believe the naysayers. The future belongs to the nation that wants to own it the most. And China does. Do we?
In my recent column at Real Clear Politics, I make the case for why former Vice-President Joe Biden would be a terrible leader for US space policy.
It’s time NASA embraces the future (or gets left behind).
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The goal of our space programs should be to elevate the United States over our rivals, not to elevate one sex over the other.
It remains to be seen whether the president’s space policy agenda will pan out. One thing is certain, though: the president failed to achieve his objective of creating a fully independent, robust, and highly capable Space Force. The bureaucracy and the Democrats managed to hem him in. And, it is unlikely that the more ambitious aspects of the president’s space agenda will be enacted in a timely manner — allowing for both the Chinese and the Russians to exploit space for their own strategic ends (and at America’s expense).
“Ryan Gosling’s comments fall flat in the end. We can never forget how important the national interest is for our space program—or any national program—to succeed. America’s role in space should be celebrated, not diminished. The next wave of human space exploration is waiting to occur. It will only happen if the right incentives are offered and those incentives are the same today as they were in the first Space race.”
“The United States is beset by enemies who mean to destroy us at all costs. We cannot wage war against everyone at once. But, we can keep these forces at bay by making it impossible for them effectively to reach us through an ICBM or other nuclear strike. It’s time to deploy space-based missile defense.”
This was originally a closed briefing that I gave at the Institute of World Politics. This is a lecture on Space Dominance (a hegemonic strategy for America dominating space through weaponization). The attendees were a select group of policymakers, academics, and business people who were part of the Institute’s board of trustees. The briefing was given on September 28 of 2016.