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AMC -- Much of what you say is true, and I certainly agree that we need to be using our best combined resources to conquer space while also also dealing with things like cyber warfare. What bothers me, however, is the word "codependency" or your words "family unit" as it applies to a partnership of the military and almost any other facet of our society. It would seem that as military budgets have mushroomed and encroached into traditional non-military areas, we cannot do anything anymore without some role of the military or piece of technology developed with the help of the military. As long as the military alone has the big bucks to spend, others will be forced to work with them...not so much as a codependency but rather as a dependency. Aerospace, satellite technology, drones, robotics, cyberspace, Ebola, police departments, natural disaster response, climate change planning, civil engineering projects...everywhere you look, both domestically and overseas, there is a component of military involvement and decision making at some level. I will agree that much of the technology developed for defense has applications in other parts of society. But isn't that mainly because they control the biggest chunk of the money and can spread it around without much oversight or accountability?
The codependency with the military is not healthy for a society because it puts the military on a higher pedestal than they rightfully deserve, and it gives them increasing power and say so over the civilian parts of our society. I suppose the extreme example of that is Egypt.