Since the dawn of the space age six decades ago, we have been nearsighted in not seeing currently emerging threats to our satellites. Now we are focused on the creation of a Space Force, which promises to be an efficient and important arm of the military in the 2040s and beyond. Let us not be farsighted in looking only into the far future with a blind spot that obscures present day emerging threats. We must see what lies right before us and further down the road and prepare ourselves to keep peace in space at all times--now and in the future.
Dr. Brian Chow is an independent policy analyst. His recent publications in space appear in Strategic Studies Quarterly, SpaceNews, Defense One, Defense News, and Space Review. You can follow him on Twitter at @briangchow.
Image: PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb 20, 2008) At a single modified tactical Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) launches from the U.S. Navy AEGIS cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70), successfully impacting a non-functioning National Reconnaissance Office satellite approximately 247 kilometers (133 nautical miles) over the Pacific Ocean, as it traveled in space at more than 17,000 mph. President George W. Bush decided to bring down the satellite because of the likelihood that the satellite could release hydrazine fuel upon impact, possibly in populated areas. U.S. Navy photo