The President Wants a “Space Force”

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The President announced to the National Space Council that he’s directed the Defense Department to create a “Space Force.” There may be a number of things you aren’t aware of, but since the proposition is part of the NDAA, let’s give it a look.

The President wants a separate branch of the military for his “Space Force,” something “separate but equal.” Those details have not been worked out, so we don’t really known how it will look. Previously, the DoD was not in favor of such an idea.

President Trump said today that he wants the United States to be dominant in space, and not allow China and Russia to be ahead of us. Good idea, since they are actively working to destroy whatever we do, as we previously reported.

“”We assess that Russia and China perceive a need to offset any U.S. military advantage derived from military, civil, or commercial space systems and are increasingly considering attacks against satellite systems as part of their future warfare doctrine. Both will continue to pursue a full range of anti-satellite weapons as a means to reduce U.S. military effectiveness.” Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence in the Business Insider

The US is not sleeping, and has been working on a “space fence” to protect US satellites in a crowded orbital area, which is a serious issue right now, according to Fox. Would a specific  branch of the military be helpful to bridge the divisions currently in place?

According to Defense One, the Army already has a “Space Force” of around 4,500 personnel.

We all know the Air Force has been the mover and shaker behind NASA, which fell into the Obama hole and ended up  as passengers on the International Space Station rather than deep space exploration. But the Air Force has still been an integral part of space ventures.

Popular Science noted,

“Currently, many space launches in the United States are overseen in part by the Air Force Space Command. The military has been involved in American space ventures since the early days of the space race, helping develop many early rockets. The first astronauts were also pulled from military pilots, and many modern members of NASA still get their start as pilots and engineers in the military.”

Private operations such as Space-X  have been at the forefront of the current space workings including satellites “hitching a ride.”

The US military is increasingly dependent on space-based technology. Not all of those things are run by the Army, but some are.

“If I go to a commander and say, ‘Hey, sir, how much of your equipment relies on a space-based capability?’ He may tell me it’s 150, 200 pieces of equipment for his entire brigade. And then the actual unclassified releasable number, we show him a chart that shows him he has well over 2,500 pieces of equipment that rely on a space-based capability.”  Joan Rousseau, head of Army space training and integration

So what if Trump’s proposal isn’t a mere dream? What would it look like, and how would it function? What if it could actually work?

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