Weaponizing space, that always works out well in the sci-fi movies.
Courtesy of Military.com:
President Donald Trump has directed the Pentagon to create a “space force” as a new, sixth military branch to oversee missions and operations in the space domain.
“We must have American dominance in space,” Trump said during a speech at the National Space Council meeting, held at the White House on Monday. “I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense to immediately begin the process to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”
“We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the space force,” Trump said. “Separate, but equal. It is going to be something so important.”
Trump then directed Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, to “carry that assignment out.”
Isn’t this the same guy who argued that military exercises near North Korea were too costly, and used that as a reason to end them?
Of course this new “space force” will have to be okayed by Congress, and they already rejected the idea earlier this year.
It also opposed by the Air Force and Trump’s own Secretary of Defense.
Courtesy of Vox:
The Air Force is adamantly against a space force. “The Pentagon is complicated enough,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters last summer. “This will make it more complex, add more boxes to the organization chart.”
Even Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis came out against it. “I oppose the creation of a new military service and additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting efforts,” Mattis wrote in a letter to congressional defense leaders last October.
Why is it that virtually everything that happens with this administration seems like it is either an SNL skit or a bad plot from a Tom Clancy novel?