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Race for space defense

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By Kang Han-tae

Beyond the ongoing space race between the United States and China, many other nations with advanced defense capabilities have been making concerted national efforts on space development.

On the basic premise of the peaceful use of outer space, nations are seeking to secure space assets for various purposes. While in the past, military use of outer space was a sensitive issue, the reality has drastically changed to where many nations are openly displaying their space capabilities.

Through its National Security Strategy Guidelines, the Republic of Korea government has proposed the expansion of military capabilities of actively responding to omnidirectional threats.

Accordingly, national space defense capabilities suitable for the space age have become essential. This article aims to analyze the reasons behind the importance of space in the defense field and point directions for future development.

First, although space is expensive, this cost is worth bearing.

In truth, the competition for space hegemony among developed countries has already been inundated with countless investments of budget, manpower, and assets. In such reality, it is not easy for Korea to compete in the space race.

It is also true that investing in space requires enormous costs as portrayed by the media as the "wealth race" or the "space buy-out." It may be a grim reality........

© The Korea Times