The United States military is a force to be reckoned with. Fueled off sacrifice and the desire for freedom, the armed forces are arguably the nation’s strongest asset. It is one of the most expensive, costing an average of 630 billion dollars per year to fund. It consists of four branches, making up about half of the Department of Defense. With over 2.1 million service members between active duty and the reserves, not to mention civilian jobs, Forbes ranks it as the world’s largest employer. It has seen much change since the Continental Army was first created in 1775. Most recently, the United States Space Force has been founded as the newest military branch. As it continues to grow into a stronger unit, technology should also improve to support its goals. The military has made several inventions and advancements throughout history, including walkie talkies, night vision, satellite navigation, sonar radar, and, most notably, the internet. The Space Force will rely heavily on technology in the upcoming future.
The Space Force will protect U.S. territory and assets, while possibly “policing” space in the future. The most significant use of space right now is satellites. At the end of 2018, America had 830 satellites in orbit. These powerful devices have multiple applications , primarily for communication, but also including earth observation, technology development, navigation, and some fields of science. Satellites may have become a vital part of society, but are left vulnerable in space. While there have not been any known acts of aggression yet, India recently tested an anti-satellite weapon. American adversaries could obtain similar weapons, and as combat keeps switching forms, a potential attack on any satellite could be very devastating to any area of life. It will be essential to design new defenses from space attacks. While aliens are not a current threat, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed of possessing a revolutionary hypersonic missile back in 2018. Hypersonic can be defined as traveling substantially above the speed of sound. Some researchers believe a missile of this speed would need to travel through low levels of space. As new weapons are constantly developed, current countermeasures will not suffice. Future inventions, including software and artificial intelligence, will require ground-breaking equipment to keep up. American soil seems safeguarded against traditional attacks, but space could be an easy way in for its enemies.
Some might wonder why spend so much money into the military if there is no current official war involving America. Is it enough to ask God for protection? While God is certainly more powerful than any human-driven actions, it is not wrong or distrusting of Him to be prepared. The prophet Nehemiah was distraught over his home city, lacking a strong wall and proper defenses. He went to the King of Persia on the matter, receiving help from him. Not because Nehemiah trusted God, but he knew Israel could not sit on their hands the rest of the time. Likewise, we should trust God but not let that excuse being passive in dealing with other countries.