September 25th, 2006

ozarque figure

Don't know what to call it, but it's mighty like a space opera...

Yesterday I had a chance to listen to Noam Chomsky on Book TV discussing his 2003 book Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance (The American Empire Project). It was a replay from several years ago, trotted out, I assume, because of the book's sudden best-seller status after having been waved about by Chavez of Venezuela at the UN the other day. And something Chomsky said -- that in 2004 the official policy of the U.S. regarding "space" had been upgraded from "our policy is that we will control space" to "our policy is that we will own space" -- got my attention. So I went googling this morning, trying to find one or more actual documents containing this revision. I've seen the "control space" version, in the PNAC documents, but the update to "owning" space was new to me.

I haven't yet found what I was looking for, but I did find something that might interest you, for a variety of different reasons -- linguistic, political, metaphorical, rhetorical, and science fictional.

It's an article written by Lt. Col. Mark E. Harter, USAF, titled "Ten Propositions Regarding Space Power: The Dawn of a Space Force," dated June 1, 2006, with the usual disclaimer saying that Harter speaks for himself rather than for the government. Lots of stuff about controlling space. You can read it at http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/apj/apj06/sum06/harter.html .

Now I'm going to go back and hunt some more for the document about "owning" space.....