If I facepalmed any harder, my hand would slap the wall behind me...

Trump announces plans for Pentagon to create 'Space Force'

If you do not understand why I would have this reaction, then you may not be up to speed on the United States Air Force.  I'm beginning to think Trump played Traveller 2300 in the 1980s.

As I am member of the USAF auxiliary, and part of a group that teaches STEM (particularly aerospace education) to youth, I feel Trump's uninformed decision is unnecessary and a waste of money.  We do not need a new "branch". We have a branch that covers this field.  What part of "aerospace" is misunderstood? 

Per a partially tongue-in-cheek article on Vox, "If it’s officially created, the Air Force would likely give up all of its space duties to the space force, including preparing for war in space and protecting US satellites from harm."  Sounds legit.

Look, Trump, just change the USAF name. Stop wasting tax dollars.  You are not the Emperor and you do not  need legions of space marines at your beck and call. This isn't like Star Wars (or the Star Wars universe), and the Federation would have thrown you in prison long ago.

Better yet, focus on your crimes against humanity before attempting to trump space, Trump. Children are being ripped from their families and thrown into holding camps - with no hope of ever reuniting with their blood relatives - while you play "Who Wants a Legacy?"

Don't believe it happens on US soil?  Listen:

We've seen a "space corps" possibility come up before:

The "United States Space Corps" was a proposed sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces that would have absorbed the United States Air Force's space warfare mission, which is currently conducted by Air Force Space Command.

Many current and former Air Force, military, and space professionals were opposed to the measure, stating that such a proposal will not address acquisition issues, derail integration between space and other domains, and cause unnecessary bureaucracy that could make acquisition and budget problems worse rather than better. Rather they propose giving space more autonomy in the Air Force and creating a Rapid Capabilities Office dedicated to space acquisition.[1][2]

In June 2017, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee (HASC) voted to include language creating the U.S. Space Corps in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.[3] The new service would be administered by the Secretary of the Air Force (much as how the Marine Corps falls under the Department of the Navy), but would be a separate branch, and guaranteed an equal seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.[4] A provision in the House version of the 2018 U.S. defense budget requested the creation of the Space Corps.[4] The top Republican and Democrat on the strategic forces subcommittee, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Jim Cooper (D-TN), are leading this effort. Some members of the House Armed Services Committee, including Reps. Martha McSally (R-Arz.), a retired Air Force colonel, and Mike Turner (R-OH) expressed concern that this proposal did not have any hearings or studies on it, and just heard about the proposal during the markup session.[5][6] U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee members Deb Fischer (R-NE), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John McCain (R-AZ), a former Naval Aviator, and Bill Nelson (D-FL), a retired Army Captain and Astronaut, expressed skepticism and opposition regarding the need for the creation of the Space Corps. Senator Nelson introduced an amendment to ban the creation of the Space Corps or any other similar service, which was passed by the Senate.[7][8][9][10]

This proposal was opposed by the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Space Command, and military leaders such as Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva, Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David L. Goldfein, the current commander of U.S. Strategic Command, General John Hyten, and the current commander of Air Force Space Command General John W. Raymond.[11][12][13][14][15][16] Other former military and space leaders in opposition to this effort include Secretary Ash Carter, former Secretary of Defense; Secretary Sean O'Keefe, former Secretary of the Navy and NASA administrator; Secretary Deborah Lee James, former Secretary of the Air Force; Secretary Michael B. Donley, former Secretary of the Air Force; Secretary Lisa Disbrow, former Under Secretary of the Air Force; General Robert Kehler, former commander of U.S. Strategic Command and former commander of Air Force Space Command; General Victor E. Renuart Jr., former commander of U.S. Northern Command and NORAD; and Lieutenant General Edward G. Anderson III, former deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command and NORAD.[17][18][19][20] The former commander of Air Force Space Command, General Lance W. Lord, is supportive of the effort, on the condition that the Army's and Navy's space programs are absorbed into the new Space Corps.[21]

The specific language in the House bill authorizing the creation of the Space Corps was in H.R. 2810 Title XVI, Subtitle A, section 1601, §8091.[22]

The idea of a separate Space Corps was killed in conference. Instead, the 2018 NDAA boosts the position of Air Force Space Command, by extending the term of its commander to six years, and making it the sole command for all Air Force space forces.[23][24]

- Wikipedia contributors. (2018, June 18). United States Space Force. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:56, June 18, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=United_States_Space_Force&oldid=846455221

Psh. I'm done ranting.  It doesn't do any good.   Trump's supporters refuse to see that the man (not the party) is ignorant and foul.


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