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We Are in a Space Race That America Needs to Win

Article by Richard M. Harrison and Peter Garretson                          July 10. 2020                          (newsweek.com)

• The Trump administration views space as a new arena of strategic competition. The Pentagon’s recently released ‘Defense Space Strategy’ defines the space domain as “vital to our nation’s security, prosperity and scientific achievement.” Today, the space market is estimated to be $350 billion. But the US Department of Commerce says that current projections put the global space economy at $1 trillion by 2030 and $3 trillion by 2040.

• Meanwhile, American private sector space firms have reduced launch costs, making the positioning of technologies in space more feasible and affordable than ever before. New technological breakthroughs have made activities like mining asteroids achievable within a decade. But this future space economy depends on investment, which depends on security, which depends on a committed US military presence in space. The US Space Force must be capable of defending American interests against both global adversaries who would disrupt US space architecture, as well as natural threats such as asteroids and comets.

• Undoubtedly, the biggest danger is the People’s Republic of China. Beijing recognizes the value of the space domain, and is now trying in earnest to utilize space to achieve its great power ambitions. In April 2019, Dr. Namrata Goswami told the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission that China had plans to become the world’s leading space power by 2045. To this end, China has already landed on the far side of the Moon and created a lunar biosphere simulation, housing inhabitants within its closed ecosystem for a year. China is developing techniques for asteroid mining, and has developed nuclear-powered shuttles for space exploration and for the industrialization of the Moon. It plans to fabricate satellites that can harness energy in space to become the world’s top supplier of non-carbon producing energy.

• More specifically, China plans to create space-based commercial and industrial facilities and transportation by 2021; space-based power generation by 2030; lunar mining by 2030; and asteroid mining by 2032. China could also gain advantages in areas such as artificial intelligence and cyber-related technologies, thereby increasing its war-fighting capabilities and telecommunications

• The strategic role in space to which Beijing aspires is potentially threatening to the United States, both economically and militarily. The United States will need a concrete plan to go on the strategic offensive to prevail as the planet’s dominant space power.


The Trump administration is getting serious about space. Although they have been mocked by critics ignorant of their importance, steps like the administration’s commissioning of the U.S. Space Force, its establishment of a dedicated Space Command and the creation of a dedicated space technology development arm are all signs that the White House is beginning to view space as a new arena of strategic competition. The latest sign in this regard came last month, when the Pentagon formally released its Defense Space Strategy, which defines the space domain as “vital to our nation’s security, prosperity and scientific achievement.”

       Dr. Namrata Goswami

This bold statement reflects a potentially transformative reality: that space is still a largely untapped resource. Today, the current space market is estimated to be $350 billion, but in three decades, it could be worth exponentially more. By the middle of the 21st century, both Bank of America and Merrill Lynch estimate, the space economy will be worth roughly $2.7 trillion.

American policymakers are eager to tap into that potential wealth. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross gave a speech earlier this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos in which he noted that, “Current industry projections place the 2040 global space economy at between $1 trillion and $3 trillion. And I think we will certainly get to a trillion before 2030.” He specifically mentioned America’s near-term priorities in this domain to include lunar mining, asteroid mining and space tourism.

Industry, meanwhile, is already moving in this direction. American private sector space firms have reduced launch costs, making the positioning of technologies in space more feasible and affordable than ever before. Meanwhile, new technological breakthroughs have made activities like mining asteroids achievable within a decade.

But all of that hinges upon investor confidence, and that in turn requires security. For the space economy to expand to its full potential, tech firms and investors alike need to know that their stakes will be safeguarded by a U.S. government that is serious about space. Increasingly, American national security, and our growing list of space-based economic assets, requires a committed military presence with the capability to defend against dangerous naturally occurring phenomena (including asteroids and comets), as well as potential adversaries who are actively developing the means to disrupt, degrade and destroy vital components of the emerging U.S. space architecture.



Artwork by Dave Simonds for The Economist

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Space Is The Place – There’s GOLD In Them There – Asteroids!

Is this what President Trump’s Space Force is really all about?

Love him or hate him, the former New York realtor is a shrewd businessman with a long history of dabbling in every kind of enterprise from airlines to vodka and sport’s teams to high quality meats.

News of a nearby asteroid worth $700 quintillion in precious heavy metals no doubt has gotten his full attention and fueled his enthusiasm for promoting NASA’s ambitious plans to return to the Moon by 2024…. and then go to Mars.

The recent craze about tic-tacs, puffs of methane gas on Mars, strange lights on the Moon and other unusual events related to UFOs has gotten those who are eager to see an end to The Truth Embargo about ETs all excited.

But the real deal about Space may have more to do with hard cash and endless amounts of Gold than alien autopsies, leaked notes about downed ET craft, faces on Mars and the other mysterious doings that have made the headlines in recent weeks.

And when it comes to Big Deals, Trump can smell the money from 3 AUs away! That’s why he assigned son-in-law Jared Kushner the new technology portfolio in his Administration.

It is likely the father of Donald’s grandchildren by Ivanka has positioned himself to benefit from whatever transpires in the emerging space economy that Catherine Austin Fitts has described in great detail.

It was rumored that Kushner and Sheldon Adelson were among the private investors who financed the Israeli probe to the Moon, Beersheet, that made it into lunar orbit before apparently crashing due to technical glitches.

The new club of space billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and Elon Musk are eyeing the heavens like the pick and shovel ’49ers of old.  But they will rely on robots, new rocket ships, advanced propulsion systems, AI, quantum computers and all the other paraphernalia of modern science instead of pack mules to get the job done.

The High Frontier of Space rather than the hills of California or the mountains of Alaska are where those in search of massive wealth have set their sights.  As Fitts, Joseph Farrell, Richard Dolan and other writers have stated, the missing trillions from the Pentagon may have already been siphoned off into a Secret Space Program as part of a Breakaway Civilization.

The nerdy scientists, Tin Foil Hat crowd and those who indulge their Fortean forte for the esoteric and mystery school teachings regarding Disclosure and Ascension can keep on trucking with their books, conferences and impressive videos.

The literal smart money will probably be in Space where greedy Wall Street types and their ilk like President Trump pursue space commercialization with giant aerospace corporations like Lockheed, Boeing, Grumann and Raytheon privatizing their profits via secrecy and patents while socializing most of the cost into orbit which is financed by the taxpayers via NASA and the military.

Whatever intention Trump had to echo the sentiments of President Kennedy, who wanted to go to the Moon with the Soviets, or President Reagan, who reminded Gorbachev and the world at the UN that a common external threat from off-planet forces might require cooperation to save the Earth, Trump Derangement Syndrome and the Russiagate scandal probably have undermined that agenda.

Trump has shown himself more than willing to discard international law and reject treaties that he feels block making America great again.  It is safe to say that at this point he would have no reluctance to ignore or withdraw from the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 that proscribed privatizing the resources of space.

Yup:  Space is the Place for the future soldiers of fortune and businessmen willing to undertake the journey whether through their investment dollars or on-board like Han Solo!

Rich Scheck
Mount Vista, WA
June 27, 2019

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