America’s Space Force
Once again the pundits have quickly miscalculated President Donald J. Trump when he announced he was directing the Department of Defense to explore how to create another branch of the military – the Space Force.
How quickly people forget that back in 2015 a real estate developer announced he was running for the presidency? Didn’t that evoke the same silly responses? Well how well did that work out for you?
I must admit I had a chuckle or two as I thought about the Jetson’s cartoon and all the Star Wars movies. Yes it caused me a bit of silliness and then I realized that it must have been seen the same way when airplanes began being used in World War I and World War II by the U.S. Army as a means of waging war on the enemy. It wasn’t long before Congress created the U.S. Air Force using assets of the Army Air Corps in the early 1950s. I could hear it now, “The president wants to create an Air Force, now isn’t that cute?” “What are they going to do zoom around in the sky and make the enemy afraid? Ha! Ha! Ha!”
And what about NASA? Lots of laughs over that too!
So you see it’s not as far-fetched as you might think. In fact there are differing schools of thought about a Space Corps, which Congress tried unsuccessfully to pass in 2000. Yet we have the Space Command of the USAF in action in satellite monitoring and control technology with the nucleus coming from all branches of the DOD. It’s currently headquartered at Peterson AFB in Colorado.
Oh but you knew that already, of course you did?
Did you also know that the U.S. Army has a Space Force already? Career Field FA40. This is a small force of space operators and enablers, building a Space Cadre of soldiers who understand how to work in space and integrate it into land operations.
In 2000 the Rumsfeld Space Commission report prompted the Army to start looking at expanding its space force over fears of a “space Pearl Harbor”. The Army Space Personnel Development Office has had a concerted effort to grow the cadre which began in 1999 with 23 members to over several hundred today that make up less than 1 percent of the Army’s total active force. The Army even has a Space Training and Integration branch and has deployed “The Kestrel” a small low-cost imaging satellite to the International Space Station recently. The U.S. military services rely on space and will continue to need personnel who are trained to use space in support of national security.
Read more in this article by Caroline Houck – August 23, 2017 on the Defense One website – https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/08/armys-space-force-has-doubled-six-years-and-demand-still-going/140467/
Just remember this – Donald J. Trump doesn’t start something he’s not determined to accomplish. So all of you naysayers just keep it up and very soon you may be eating crow and saying “Beam Me Up, Scottie”! – I am the Real Truckmaster!