The Case for a Space Force: Thinking Big
“If this is a reorganizing effort that suggests a change in emphasis, then the idea has some legitimacy to it,” agrees Paul Rosenzweig, a homeland security expert and senior fellow at the R Street Institute.
That’s not to say that Trump’s Space Force is a brilliant idea. Rosenzweig and Carafano (both co-authors of the 2005 book, Winning the Long War: Lessons from the Cold War for Defeating Terrorism and Preserving Freedom) have reservations, even as they concede a potential upside. What bothers me, though, is that, for many elites, the idea is dead on arrival. Why? There are serious threats from our adversaries in space, and this idea that has existed at least since then-Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld recommended it in January 2001. A space force may or may not be a good idea, but let’s not pretend that it is a patently illegitimate one.