13 November 2017
CNBC reported comments by Air University Commander, President, and US Air Force Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast at the New Worlds 2017 conference in Austin, Texas. Kwast cautioned that while the US currently leads in space, “In my best military judgment China is on a 10-year journey to operationalize space. We’re on a 50-year journey.” Kwast argued that overly restrictive regulations are hindering the development of a robust private space industry, and said, “Low-cost access to space is the first domino to making this possible.” Kwast said that China is working to build a “navy in space” that would be able to operate well even outside Earth’s gravity. Kwast said that the “balance between public and private” cooperation “is reasonable right now but we’re still not doing enough, and we’re not aggressive enough.” The general called himself “a very strong advocate” for public-private partnerships “based on economic realities” which create competition. (Image Credit: NASA)
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