While people are fixated on what Lady Gaga and NASA are spending the military is quietly building their own rockets and has just landed the X37 unmanned orbital vehicle which has been circling the earth for over a year. It's the old magician's trick of using blue smoke and mirrors and lots of hand waving to distract the audience from what is really happening.
No, I think the military is determined to own orbital space and eventually expand outward from there. Both the military and private industry have been showing particular interest in asteroids lately. A single asteroid dragged into near earth orbit could provide invaluable resources and the list of imports on the list of "necessary for the national defense" keep growing.