"Space Force no.2: Mars Awaits"
This was initially inspired by this article on Sputnik International,
about the six military bases up for consideration for Space Force
headquarters. After some curious digging, I've noticed they've gone
from "Mars Awaits" to the slightly more modest "back to the Moon in 5
years". Of course, the goal that's grabbing the attention of millions
of us is VP Man From GLAD's consideration of nuclear weapons
deployment in space.
Goes without saying Elon Musk is on board with the idea; I'm guessing
his long game will involve a need for a few hundred Space Grunts to
guard his gated Martian colonies for the rich.
"Six Air Force Bases Being Considered to House Space Command -
Reports", Sputnik International 04.09.19
"Pence Calls for Landing US Astronauts on Moon in 5 Years", NBC 03.26.19
"Musk Backs Space Force Proposal", SpaceNews 11.03.18
"Pence leaves open the possibility of nuclear weapons in space: 'Peace
comes through strength'", Washington Post 10.23.18
"A legal look at Elon Musk's plans to colonize Mars", The Space Review