US military documents have disclosed that Elon Musk’s SpaceX is working with the Pentagon on developing the capacity to rocket a “quick-reaction force” of troops and weapons anywhere in the world within the hour — with a special eye to deploying in Africa.

The documents, released to US investigative journal The Intercept after a Freedom of Information Act application, show that the US Transportation Command — responsible for moving personnel and materiel around the world — is working on using SpaceX’s prototype Starship rocket to get boots on the ground on the far side of the planet within 60 minutes...

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