During his stint at the Pentagon, Griffin also worked on concepts for solar system exploration. He was an impetus behind a NASA-Pentagon mission that uncovered the first credible evidence of water-ice on the moon.
The discovery buoyed the contention that water-ice at the lunar poles could be converted into breathing air for moon colonists or rocket fuel for expeditions elsewhere.
Never did I read anywhere on that mission that the Pentagon was involved. Maybe I must've been asleep while that whopper went by me.
Why is the Pentagon interested in water-ice at the lunar poles? How did Griffin sell a mission like this to the Pentagon?
In other words what threat exists that the Pentagon would need to receive intelligence on when it comes to lunar-ice? I'm thinking it's that if lunar ice deposits do exist they would be prime locations for lunar bases.
I can see the future of the moon being guided by those that control it's main resource: ice. If the US can control the ice deposits the moon becomes effectively American property. The ice would become the future battleground. It's interesting that the US Defense Department is looking that far ahead. I wonder what other governments of the world are thinking themselves.