US Space Command: A vision for the final frontier. That vision needs to focus on development. Peter Garretson, American Foreign Policy Council.

Sep 05, 2019, 12:27 AM
Image:   Shuttle Discovery launching from Pad 39A on STS-60, February 3, 1994.  Public domain.
Tomorrow, the Trump administration will formally inaugurate the newest U.S. Combatant Command, U.S. Space Command. The occasion is a momentous one, because it marks the first, and long overdue, step toward a serious space policy on the part of the United States. Yet America’s move into the “final frontier” is still missing an essential ingredient: a vision of what we seek to accomplish there.  . . . 
        Peter Garretson is an independent strategy consultant who focuses on space and defense, and a senior Fellow in Defense Studies with the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC). He was previously the director of Air University’s Space Horizons Task Force, America’s think tank for space, and was deputy director of America’s premier space strategy program, the Schriever Scholars.