~ Pranav Kishore Saxena
On the 18th of June 2018, President of the USA, Mr. Donald Trump announced that the US will soon plan to establish its presence in the outer space and create a “Space Force”. Mr. Trump quoted “We must have American dominance in space”.
Although this is a political and national identity endeavor for the US, it is a fantasy come true for most of the 90’s kids who have waited for a real “Space Patrol Delta”.
For the US, this might just be another playground where they plan to play their favorite sport – ‘War’. But for the rest of the world, it could be a question of concern, because most of the countries across the globe have the US presence in their lands, their seas, secretly in their air space and maybe now in the outer space.
Outer space, like the Antractic and high seas is considered “Global Commons”, but it seems that the US intends to invade the space. Mr. Trump also emphasized on how America’s space project would help generate jobs and expand the American economy. To safeguard their economy, the US would have to deploy their military in space, which brings us to another statement by Mr. Trump- “Our destiny beyond the earth is not just a matter of national identity but a matter of national security”.
The moment countries talk about ‘National Security’, they mean securing their constitutional jurisdiction. Does the POTUS’s speech imply that the US has already claimed the outer space? Or are we waiting for something even more mischievous?
Pranav Kishore Saxena is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The True Voice India.