Announced earlier this summer, President Trump's direction for a new Space Force has drawn an onslaught of criticism from lawmakers and military leaders concerned about the cost and bureaucratic burden a sixth military branch would bring to an already complex and expansive Pentagon. And while an escalation of military power in space deserves a robust debate, many experts agree that the U.S. is ceding vital national security ground in this area to near-peer competitors, most notably Russia and China. Given our economic, scientific, and military reliance on unfettered access to space, a strong and focused military capability to safeguard national interests in this increasingly threatened domain is prudent.

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