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Saturday, December 21, 2019

President Donald Trump has officially funded a Pentagon force focused on warfare in space - the US Space Force. The new military service, the first in more than 70 years, falls under the US Air Force.

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Or as Elon Musk described it, thus "Starfleet begins".

OCU

#1 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-12-21 03:03 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Both China and Russia already had their own space forces for many many years... America is only now just catching up.

www.defenseone.com

en.wikipedia.org

#2 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-12-22 05:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!

#3 | Posted by Pirate at 2019-12-22 09:36 AM | Reply

Watch the skies, people! Trump might believe they're coming! Frankly, I am more worried about the Earth catching a giant asteroid than an invasion by space aliens.

#4 | Posted by john47 at 2019-12-22 09:58 AM | Reply

If it falls under the Airforce, would that be similar to how the USMC is the USN's little brother?

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-12-22 10:43 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

That Air Force probably didn't want its budget cut.

#6 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-12-22 11:42 AM | Reply

People need affordable health care, but we get godam Space Force. D.C. once again shows that it's priorities are seriously askew.

#7 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2019-12-22 04:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"The new military service, the first in more than 70 years, falls under the US Air Force."

JeffJ's angry retort about how JeffJ does not supporting any new government expenditures was very compelling!

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-12-22 04:59 PM | Reply

China's Quantum Satellite testing is pretty damned cutting edge. If we don't have something like that in testing we are falling behind fast. Quantum encryption is unhackable. It's what our military needs period. Drone's etc - NEED that tech.

I do agree with Lee though. We didn't need a "space force" to do what our military is already doing. Also space by accord is supposed to be demilitarized.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-12-22 05:10 PM | Reply

If it falls under the Airforce, would that be similar to how the USMC is the USN's little brother?

#5 | Posted by GOnoles9

Not unless its mission is defend spaceports, make amphibious space landings, or deploy infantry tactics aboard spacecraft.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-22 05:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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We have a Space Force because Donald Trump thought it sounded cool and would make him seem cool.

Officer trainees will naturally be known as Space Cadets.

#11 | Posted by Zed at 2019-12-22 05:20 PM | Reply

I can not WAIT to be a door gunner on the space shuttle!

Looking for a recruiter, meow.

#12 | Posted by ABH at 2019-12-22 10:08 PM | Reply

Also space by accord is supposed to be demilitarized.

#9 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE AT 2019-12-22 05:10 PM | FLAG:

Space is already militarized. It's part of the kill chain. Surveillance, targeting systems, and anti-satellite satellites, along with ground based lasers and missile interceptors. It's why we have an X-37B, a rapidly deployable platform with a modular cargo bay. The people that make it also make Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle. You could fit several EKV in one. The planned X-37C could fit many.

This is more like the creation of DHS, where it consolidated 22 agencies under a parent agency. The military has a lot of space agencies with overlapping projects that need to be consolidated. Good idea, but likely to be implemented poorly.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2019-12-23 08:55 AM | Reply

This is more like the creation of DHS...

Gawd help us.

#14 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-12-23 11:53 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Near Future headline:

Trump approves screen doors for submarines. Claims it will improve the air quality.

#15 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-12-23 03:40 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Space Cadet Trump authorizes new funding. ~ LOL

Who's he kidding? He just needs another source of money to tap for his Wall.

#16 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-12-23 04:03 PM | Reply

I can not WAIT to be a door gunner on the space shuttle!

Looking for a recruiter, meow.

#12 | POSTED BY ABH

Unfortunately you have to make the pew pew pew sounds yourself.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2019-12-23 05:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

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