Despite the perfectly reasonable sounding explanations to the contrary, this is another big step toward the weaponization of space, not just missile defense. The data to be gleaned from this operation is invaluable, whether or not it correlates to an actual anti-missile mission.
And if this isn’t a thinly veiled threat, I don’t know what is. I mean, c’mon.
And while I don’t usually fear change or new technologies, this one scares the shit out of me. I know it’s the future, but I also know there are real life comic book villains out there who see this and think, “Oh, a thermostat. Now we just need to build the HVAC system.”