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>That's what this will be about
You're certainly right, and I'm sure we have at least a decade of very boring stuff like parking things in front of Chinese satellites, but once you're up there and figuring out military operations in space, the sort of research that feels sci-fi will absolutely be part of the deal. Rail guns and propulsion systems will be getting worked on for sure. Definitely not laser guns as they're not a good weapon, though.
The simplest and cheapest thing you can do in space is to drop stuff back down on top of people, though. If you're the first military up there and you bring a box full of tungsten rods and a bit of maths, you have an almost indefensible weapon. I'm very interested to see what they do.
For my tin foil/sci fi novel part: If I was, say, a president who has already talked publicly about wishing I could serve for as long a term as I wanted, and keep getting accused of things that I can only pardon myself of while I'm still in office, I might consider building a death ray in space to ensure that plan.