President Trump’s support for an American space force is overly militaristic and wasteful of taxpayer money, infers Belen Fernandez of Al Jazeera. Already the US spends more on defense than China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the UK, India, France and Japan together. A military space program is not essential. Funds would be better spent on improving living standards in America, which lag behind those of other developed nations. The proposed program is also an example of creating enemies where there are none, to get public and financial support to expand the astronomic US military.
With the development of military technology, space will soon be a viable theatre of war; the US is best off preparing itself for such an engagement, believes Terry Virts of The Hill. Space travel has completely different parameters from normal aviation. Being able to operate successfully under these conditions is going to be essential to maintain national security interests. Having a ‘space force’ as its own branch would ensure an adequate amount of concentration on this new path and even save money. This program will ensure America can defend itself in any way necessary.