The United States Space Force

They are really promoting a bit of space around Earth as ‘the final frontier’?

I’m not sure whom they are going to be forceful against, but I guess it allows Trump to claim to be the best leader ever of the inner Solar System, if not the Universe.

As powerful as Trump and the US want to be, they are currently struggling to fight off with the tiniest of threats (particles ranging from 0.06 to 0.14 microns), a virus from Earth.

Need for a Space Force?

Donald Trump pledged to ‘drain the swamp’, but he has become keen on setting up a whole new branch of the US military – a Space Force. It has been pointed out that what he proposes is already being covered by existing branches of the military.

Is it a big waste of money?

What does ‘Space Force’ actually mean? I have concerns if there are going to be armed satellites floating around above us, especially if they are nuclear armed. I have enough concerns about what a president like trump might deliberately do, and more concerns should an armed satellite drop out of orbit.

Would it trigger a space arms race? If Russia, China, Israel, Pakistan, North Korea or Iran join the new space race that would be a much bigger concern.

Any of this is possible – we are sending rockets into space from New Zealand.

Reuters: Going where no president has gone before, Trump wants Space Force by 2020

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.

Trump has strongly championed the idea of creating a space-focused military service with the same stature as the Air Force and the Army, turning his dreams of a “Space Force” into a rallying cry for supporters at political events.

The Space Force would be responsible for a range of crucial space-based U.S. military capabilities, which include everything from satellites enabling the Global Positioning System (GPS) to sensors that help track missile launches.

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.

One of the arguments in favor of devoting more resources to a Space Force or Space Command is that American rivals like Russia and China appear increasingly ready to strike U.S. space-based capabilities in the event of a conflict.

“It is becoming a contested war fighting domain and we have to adapt to that reality,” Mattis said.

Multi country nukes orbiting above us makes me feel very uneasy.

Trump may fancy himself as supreme leader of spacer as well as leader of Earth, but there is a lot more at stake than his ego.

 

Trump’s ‘Space Force’ echoes Raygun’s ‘Star Wars’

Donald Trump wants to establish a ‘Space Force’ – I’m not sure who he wants to fight our there. It sounds like a rehashed ‘Star Wars’ proposed by Ronald Reagan during the Cold War.

BBC – Trump space force: US to set up sixth military branch

President Donald Trump has ordered the US military to establish a sixth branch of its armed forces – a “space force”.

The US president said on Monday it would bolster national security and the economy with the creation of jobs.

“It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space,” Mr Trump said at the White House.

He also promised that the US would “return Americans to the Moon” and would eventually send people to Mars.

“I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces,” Mr Trump announced.

Back in 1983 – Reagan’s Star Wars

On March 23, 1983, President Reagan proposed the creation of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), an ambitious project that would construct a space-based anti-missile system. This program was immediately dubbed “Star Wars.”

The SDI was intended to defend the United States from attack from Soviet ICBMs by intercepting the missiles at various phases of their flight.

This system would tip the nuclear balance toward the United States. The Soviets feared that SDI would enable the United States to launch a first-strike against them. Critics pointed to the vast technological uncertainties of the system, in addition to its enormous cost.

Although work was begun on the program, the technology proved to be too complex and much of the research was cancelled by later administrations. The idea of missile defense system would resurface later as the National Missile Defense.

Sounds like Trump is repackaging this as ‘Space Force’. It would need approval from the US Congress.