Cold War Moves into Space
Has the Cold War Moved into Space?
Space is the final frontier for effective missile defense systems not just for America but also for other countries, mainly Russia and China, which leads all to believe that the Cold War may have moved into space and now involves more players. U.S. capability makes both Russia and China very nervous because they realize they do not have similar capabilities. In fact, they are trying to catch up.
The U.S. Space Policy Directive Fundamental Purpose to Protect America
The U.S. will continue to explore and use space for peaceful means. Space will continue to be used for defensive purposes by the United States. Space security is a major part of the responsibility of the U.S. government to protect its citizens and provide for the common defense. Russia and China have consistently opposed the use of space for any military means, yet space is already weaponized. Satellites can be used as weapons against other satellites in space. Intercontinental ballistic missiles use space to deliver their warheads. Russia and China are in opposition to space based defense because they don't have an effective system in place. If they did, they would not be against the use of space for military purposes. Indeed, China secretly shot down its satellite in 2007. This capability can be used against the United States. The U.S. has to remain diligent to fund and continue development on space-based defenses to counter the actions in space that are hostile to the U.S.
For more on the Cold War moving to space and the Space Policy Directive, read the article, How Congress Should Interpret the New Space Policy Directive to Provide for National Security.