How the Space Force took over Washington %u2014 Quartz. We have had orbiting computers in space for many years. But, the U.S. lead in space technology is being reduced by increased competition; and, it is only reasonable for us to assume that the future is "out there". It also makes sense for the U.S. to organize its foray into space technology, and to protect its considerable investment. Computers and technology will be the new front line of human advancement into space and beyond. Politicians will attempt to use this reality as a springboard to their ambitious ends. It is up to us to see to it that space is protected and used for peaceful ends.