Now it makes sense why NASA emphasized the peaceful intent of the Artemis program (via the Artemis Accords). Williston illustrates how humans and other Earthlings are at... strategic disadvantage for a belligerent attack from beyond low earth orbit.
"Somehow this possibility... seems not to matter much to space expansionists, even though it's standard fare in the well of sci-fi from which many of them have drunk...."
I can only imagine the capacity and capability of the nascent U.S. Space Force amid the international race for space exploration by new parties [(i.e. China and India)]; or its role in Williston's recommendation for an updated Outer Space Treaty.
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