The prospect of near-space militarization is ever approaching reality, and, while wars have historically been fought on land, at sea and in the air, the battles of tomorrow may well be won and lost outside the earth’s atmosphere, its victor winning everything.
A group, led by Lieutenant-General Steve Kwast of the United States Air Force (USAF), claims that within three years, the US will be able to train and deploy a fully combat-ready space force. This development is already well under way, and the Committee of the House of Representatives, with the Armed Forces under their remit, have decided to establish the 6th branch of the Armed Forces – The Space Corps, as it may become to be known.
In an interview with CNBC, Steve Kwast has stated that the world’s leading military powers will strengthen their military presence in outer space through the ensuing years, and there is no guarantee that the US, as the pioneer in this field, will be stand supreme for long.
According to Kwast, within 10 years, China will be able to conduct its own military operations in space, while the US, with its current level of funding, will only achieve the same some 50 years later. However, were the USA to focus its effort and channel the necessary investment into this arena, this term could be reduced to three to five years.
Kwast claims that China is not an immediate threat to the US as North Korea is shaping-up to be, considering the North’s committed drive to succeeding in its possession of ever more powerful inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) capabilities. In the event of a successful nuclear missile strike on the United States by a North Korean projectile, the US’s entire satellite monitoring systems could be disabled, rendering it an open door to further attacks.