5 Facts About Trump’s Space Force The Future of US Military in Space
Donald Trump is boldly going where no American president could be bothered to go before — militarizing space.
President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday announced an ambitious plan to usher in a new “Space Force” as the sixth branch of the military by 2020, but the proposal was scorned by opponents and may struggle to get liftoff in a divided Congress. Here are 5 facts about Trump’s Space Force
This is vice president Mike Pence’s statement a statement that has, forcefully detailed the need for the creation of a sixth branch of the U.S. Military: the Space Force.
“Now the time has come to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people and to our nation.”
First, the vice president says the creation of this branch is required because Russia and China have been investing heavily on anti-satellite missiles (China), & anti-satellite lasers (Russia).
The Force Will Be Bureaucracy Free
Trump’s administration, wants the new Force to be free of the bureaucracy. For this to happen, only one entity will be in charge with the development and fielding of the Force’s capabilities, the soon-to-be created Space Development Agency.
The U.S. will also create only one “civilian position, reporting to the Secretary of Defense, to oversee the growth and expansion of this new branch of service.”
The men and women who will be included in the new Force will be taken from “our nation’s space programs” and included in a Space Operations Force and a United States Space Command.
First in 70 years
[The addition of a new branch to the U.S. military marks the first time in over 70 years when such an event takes place. But critics view its creation as an unnecessary and expensive bureaucratic endeavor, a vanity project that simply strips away work already being done effectively by services like the Air Force.
Democratic Senator Brian Schatz, who is on the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, said the Space Force was a “dumb idea.”
“Although ‘Space Force’ won’t happen, it’s dangerous to have a leader who cannot be talked out of crazy ideas,” Schatz said on Twitter.
Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has said such a move would “rip the Air Force apart.” Senator Bernie Sanders said via Twitter “maybe, just maybe” the government should guarantee healthcare “before we start spending billions to militarize outer space.”
1967 Outer Space Treaty
The United States is a member of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which bars the stationing of weapons of mass destruction in space and only allows for the use of the moon and other celestial bodies for peaceful purposes.
At least for now, though, cyberattacks against the United States are more urgent threats than the militarization of the final frontier, and an entirely new service branch seems unnecessary. In the past several years, the military’s focus — as Defense Secretary James Mattis noted last year in opposing the idea — has been to better integrate existing services to reduce overhead and duplication.
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