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girder

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President Trump's proposed "Space Force"
« on: June 22, 2018, 12:39:33 PM »
On the 18th of June 2018, the U.S. president made an announcement on the proposal to create a separate branch of the United States Armed Forces dedicated to the realm of space operations:

Trump: Space Force and Air Force will be 'separate but equal'

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Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump used a term from US segregationist history to describe the relationship between the Air Force and his newest military branch, the Space Force, calling it "separate but equal."

"We must have American dominance in space. Very importantly, I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish the Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That's a big step," he said in the White House East Room during a meeting of his National Space Council Monday.
"We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force: separate but equal, it is going to be something so important," he said.

Unfortunately, the Internet being what it is, most people seem to have completely missed the point and instead have made it yet another humorous Trump meme.

Much of what passes for discussion that I've seen online is done of out ignorance of the current state of space-based military assets or of emerging space and counterspace capabilities, not to say the least of their significance to modern warfare.

Most don't even seem to be aware that the United States has had and continues to have a command dedicated to its space-based assets. I would wager that even fewer are aware that Russia did in fact have its own separate branch for its space forces, before it integrated its air and space branches into one force, which oversees its air, missile and space assets. Other countries that have commands for their own space assets are China and France.

Other significant parts of the announcement that were completely glossed over by most media coverage were the proposals for a traffic management framework and the aim of reducing the threat of orbital debris. Both of which would be pretty significant for not just the United States, but for all parties with a stake in Earth's orbit.

Ultimately what bothers me is not that people are opposed to the move, but that most seem to be so out of a position of ignorance.

Links and references:
Trump directs Pentagon to create military Space Force
Trump's 'space force': Pentagon tackles call to create 6th military branch
Everything you need to know about Trump's 'Space Force'
Outer Space Treaty
Outer Space Treaty @ Wikipedia
Global Counterspace Capabilities (Full pdf report available on webpage)
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Re: President Trump's proposed "Space Force"
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2018, 03:48:09 AM »
deGrasse Tyson: Trump's 'Space Force' not a weird idea

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson says President Donald Trump's idea to create a "space force" is not a fundamentally flawed idea if the US Air Force, which currently manages all the US GPS and space capabilities, feels overwhelmed and can no longer handle the load as technology use in space evolves.


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Re: President Trump's proposed "Space Force"
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 05:40:44 AM »
Last night, an astronaut called the Space Force an impractical idea because it would add bureaucracy By duplicating what the US air force was doing.

The same argument could have been said about the USAF and the US Army Air Corps. Imagine how US air power doctrine would be today had that split not been made.

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Re: President Trump's proposed "Space Force"
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2018, 09:42:11 AM »
The thing is, it wouldn't even be duplication because Air Force Space Command and all its responsibilities would be transferred to the new branch.

The question is: could they afford the cost of creating the new branch and would the benefits outweigh them. If it's too much more fiscal burden, perhaps a more incremental approach would be prudent? Turn space command into a sub-branch with the aim gradually making it a more autonomous branch.

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Re: President Trump's proposed "Space Force"
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2018, 05:01:34 PM »
Turn space command into a sub-branch with the aim gradually making it a more autonomous branch.

In essence, it already is a "sub-branch" being a major command.

Letting it become a full-on service would give it the same doctrinal focus that the creation of the Air Force did for the USAF.