The Pentagon could become a possible defender of future NASA bases on the Moon. The agencies are increasing cooperation between civilian and military projects against the background of external threats, The Wall Street Journal reported citing sources.
It is noted that the Pentagon protection will also extend to American commercial operations for mining water and minerals on the moon. The agencies also plan to study the region around the moon and extend the life of the satellites. Many details of the projects are classified or under development.
As the edition stresses, the reason for such joint efforts was the growing external threat from Moscow and Beijing aimed at challenging the American space interests. In particular, this may be done with the help of anti-satellite weapons, jammers and other “potentially hostile technologies,” according to the article. The Pentagon intends to use civilian expertise to gain an advantage in this potential area of warfare.
Last October, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed Artemis agreements involving the joint creation of the Gateway near-lunar orbital station. Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin refused to sign the agreements, saying that the Artemis program and the associated Gateway circumlunar station are “American-centric.