U.S. Air Force lieutenant general Steve Kwast told CNBC that in his “best military judgement China is on a 10-year journey to operationalize space. We’re on a 50-year journey.” Kwast expects a new era in space to dawn with a “Kitty Hawk”-like moment, and warns that America’s edge in space operations is gradually fading.
Why It Matters:
Kwast believes that the next frontier for military operations is near-space, specifically between the earth and the moon.
His view is that the U.S. should make efforts towards a bringing brilliant minds together to address the issue, similar to the Manhattan Project.
That project culminated in the creation of the world’s first nuclear weapons capable of theretofore unthinkable scales of destruction.
The Nuts and Bolts:
The regulatory environment for entrepreneurs looking at the next frontier has become unwieldy. Kwast gives an analogy of requiring to report carry-on items a year in advance on a flight from D.C. to LA.
Kwast’s comments hint at a space race by the world’s military forces.
His reference to the Manhattan Project implies military dominance by the country that wins that space race.
That country could well be China.
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