Training the Next Field of Space Warriors

By Walter Pincus

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics that ranged from nuclear weapons to politics. He is the author of Blown to Hell: America's Deadly Betrayal of the Marshall Islanders. Pincus won an Emmy in 1981 and was the recipient of the Arthur Ross Award from the American Academy for Diplomacy in 2010.  He was also a team member for a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 and the George Polk Award in 1978.  

The U.S. is trying to quickly gear up the nation’s ability to fight in space and our best clues into just how they’re planning to do it, are coming from congressional testimony.

“Space is a warfighting environment just as is air, land and sea,” Air Force Gen. John W. Raymond, Commander, Air Force Space Command, told a House Armed Services subcommittee April 3, in supporting $14 billion in the proposed fiscal 2020 Defense budget for space activities, which represents a 17 percent increase from the current year.

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