The U.S. military races to the moon to build a base — to beat the Russians to the punch. Maybe test a nuclear weapon on the surface. Consider a lunar-based bombing system to target earthbound foes.
That was the plan in the 1960s, according to declassified national security documents released this week — some of them stamped as “SECRET.”
The U.S. Army brainchild “Project Horizon” was born.
Its proposal to leap beyond the Soviets opened with the line: “There is a requirement for a manned military outpost on the moon.”
“Once established, the lunar base will be operated under the control of a unified space command.” The space around the Earth and moon would be considered a military theater.