Monday, August 24, 2020

"U.S. military eyes a role in the great power competition for lunar resources"

That's assuming they can beat Luxembourg, which is quite an assumption.
Do you realize the current batch of U.S. general officers have never decisively won a war?
In fact, with the exception of Gulf War I the U.S. hasn't won a war in 75 years.

From Space News:
DIU space director Butow: “We have the power where it make sense
 of leveraging and using public private partnerships to our advantage.”

WASHINGTON — The competition for the moon between the Unites States and China is being closely watched by the Defense Department as the military expects to play a role protecting U.S. access to cislunar space.

One concern for the Pentagon is the possibility that China establishes a presence on the moon before the United States and tries to set the international rules of behavior in space, said Brig. Gen. Steven Butow, director of the space portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit.
DIU is a Defense Department organization based in Silicon Valley that works with commercial vendors developing technologies relevant to national security.

“Competition is a good thing, but hopefully there’ll be opportunities for cooperative uses of space,” Butow said on Wednesday at the Ascend virtual conference hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Laws are set by precedent, said Butow. What nations do in space will frame any future international space law, he added. “One of the things we don’t want is to let our competitors and adversaries go out and establish the precedent of how things are going to be done in the solar system, starting with the moon.”...

Cislunar but not translunar? Some sort of translunarphobic if you ask me.

Back to Luxembourg:
Luxembourg's ^#@*&! Space Agency and Fund
Goldman Sachs on Asteroid Mining: As If Luxembourg Wasn't Insufferable Already
Luxembourg’s Asteroid Mining Plan
Luxembourg Invests €25 million in Asteroid Mining
Luxembourg’s Bid to Become the Silicon Valley of Space Mining
Luxembourg's New Space Mining Law Is Basically "Finders, Keepers"