May
01
2001

The Pentagon's New Star Warrior

Press overlooks Rumsfeld's pledge to militarize space

The United States is seeking to make space a new arena of war—but you wouldn't know that from main­stream media that limit coverage to U.S. plans for "missile defense." The wider space military program is laid out in publicly available docu­ments—easily accessible to media—such as the recent report of the "Space Commission" chaired by new U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. "In the coming period the U.S. will con­duct operations to, from, in and through space in support of its nation­al interests both on the earth and in space," the 13-member panel declared in its January 2001 report. It urged that […]