telegraph.co.uk A new cold war seems certain to start within the next few decades, waged not on Earth, but in space.
It would be carried on, not with nuclear-tipped missiles as before, but with destructive laser beams. These, travelling at the speed of light, 670 million mph, would reach their targets 50,000 times faster than today’s missiles.
They could reach Earth from a point as far away as the Moon one and a quarter seconds after they had been fired.
It is no coincidence that Chinese state media are talking openly of plans to establish a military base on the Moon’s surface, from which beams could be used to destroy any desired target on Earth or in Earth orbit. This idea seems certain to represent the long-term future of war.
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