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James Stavridis

The U.S. Needs a Cyber Force More Than a Space Force

Trump shouldn’t be ridiculed for looking to the heavens, but a more urgent threat looms.

Up and away.

Up and away.

Photographer: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

Sadly, the proposal for a new U.S. Space Force is has become a punchline on late-night TV. It is being battered as a needless new bureaucracy, a competitor for the private sector, and an idea that will lead to a vicious militarization of space. None of these arguments is correct.

Many of those denigrating the idea are under-informed and spring-loaded to dislike the idea because it is proposed by President Donald Trump. I have plenty of policy disagreements with the Trump administration, but on this issue it is boldly going in the right direction.