Monday, June 18, 2018

Trump calls for military to create space force

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 5:26 PM

click to enlarge An Atlas V rocket carrying a Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite for an Air Force mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Jan. 19. - PHOTO COURTESY OF UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE
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  • An Atlas V rocket carrying a Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite for an Air Force mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Jan. 19.
President Donald Trump has approved creating a new branch of the military, a space force, and U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn couldn't be happier.

Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, who's seeking his seventh term and faces opposition in the June 26 Republican primary, has been lobbying for a separate space force for some time and the idea gained steam in Congress.

Here's a good backgrounder on the idea of creating a new branch from The Atlantic Monthly.

That article says:
A new space corps would represent more of a bureaucratic reshuffling than a major expansion of the Space Command, which currently employs about 36,000 people and is headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. It would not affect NASA or the government’s intelligence operations in space. The goal is to protect the military’s budget for space; speed up the development and deployment of new capabilities; and establish a new culture that encourages, and promotes, servicemen and women who specialize in space.
It's not entirely a given the new space force would be based at Peterson.

Lamborn, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued this statement:
A separate service dedicated to space is the type of dramatic initiative that will enhance the U.S.'s ability to enhance our qualitative military edge in that domain. For too long, too little emphasis has been placed on space defense. This problem has been studied in depth since the 1980s, yet few reforms have been made and fewer still have taken hold. Space must be a priority in the Defense Department in order to keep our nation safe - our superiority in space directly affects our nation's military advantages, and our civilian way of life depends on those assets. I am greatly encouraged by the added focus the President is giving this vital domain.

Colorado Springs is the epicenter of national security space, and the Pike's Peak Region is ready to support this national effort to secure the final frontier for ours and future generations of Americans. I look forward to working with President Trump and our Air Force to make sure this is done right. I am encouraged to see he takes this issue seriously. Since the President's request will require Congressional action, I will be working closely with my colleagues on both Armed Services Committees to oversee this exciting initiative. 

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