President Donald Trump, has announced a new mission into the realm
of martial excess. It is one is that will surely enrich the
aerospace industry while spreading the global battlefield to a new
Trump is calling for the creation of
a new Space Force as a sixth branch of the U.S. military, to
militarize the heavens.
It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space,
Trump told a meeting of the National
Space Council in mid-June. We must have American dominance in
To this end, the President has taken a page from Ronald Reagans
Star Wars playbook. Reagans scheme, according to a recent article by Karl
Grossman, was built around nuclear reactors and plutonium systems
on orbiting battle platforms providing the power for hypervelocity
guns, particle beams and laser weapons.
Grossman, a journalism professor at State University of New
York/College of New York and author of the book The Wrong
Stuff: The Space Programs Nuclear Threat to Our Planet, has
been reporting on the militarization of space for decades, says the
move will likely spur a new international competition to weaponize
In an interview, Grossman told...