Robert Farley

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Dr. Robert Farley teaches at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky and is currently a visiting professor at the Army War College. He is the author of Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force, and is a senior editor of Lawyers, Guns and Money. The views expressed here are his personal views and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army, the Army War College, or any other department or agency of the U.S. government.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Is It Time for a Space Force?

Editor’s Note: One of President Trump's more surprising, and more ambitious, decisions is to create a sixth branch of the military dedicated to space. Such a move would be historic, but would it be a good idea? Robert Farley of the University of Kentucky weighs the pros and cons and ends up on the skeptical side, arguing that there are better approaches to securing the U.S. ability to operate and dominate in space.

Daniel Byman