October 11, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
Cold War paranoia may have eased up on the Space Race decades ago, but a new report finds that military projects still take up nearly half of all spending worldwide on space assets.
The United States is by far the biggest spender on defense-related space programs, yet its technical savvy also makes it the country most dependent on such systems, according to a report, “Space Security 2010,” released in September.
American efforts to project military power across the globe have helped drive such dependence on space power, said military and security analyst John Pike, who runs GlobalSecurity.org.
“If we want to blow somebody up, we have to go to the other side of the planet, and need lots of space support to do so,” said Pike, who was not involved in compiling the report. [ Most Destructive Space Weapons Concepts ]