Published March 17, 2022
The U.S. Space Force was widely lampooned for its logo, which looks like a knockoff of the emblem from the 1960s-era “Star Trek” television series. Stifle that laughter. Reports say the Space Force may be boldly going where no person has gone before: the militarization of space. That may sound scary, but it is necessary for national security.
Control of the high ground has always been essential in military strategy. Humankind’s ability to place hundreds of objects into Earth orbit, and even lunar orbit, expands this geographic fact. Just as whoever controls the air can control the ground, whoever controls space can control the air — and, hence, the globe.
Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.