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Trump orders creation of a US 'space force'

Posted on Tuesday, 19 June, 2018 | Comment icon 190 comments

'There's no place like space,' Trump said during the meeting. Image Credit: NASA
This brand new branch of the US military will aim to establish American dominance in outer space.
The controversial move, which was announced at a meeting of the National Space Council yesterday, seeks to prevent other countries such as China and Russia taking the lead off-world.

"When it comes to space, too often, for too many years, our dreams of exploration and discovery were really squandered by politics and bureaucracy, and we knocked that out," Trump said.

"We don't want China and Russia and other countries leading us."

"The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers. But our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security."

"When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space. So important."

Exactly what form this new space force will actually take however remains unclear.

Source: Independent | Comments (190)

Tags: Space Force

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #181 Posted by Gromdor on 8 July, 2018, 18:14
The amusing thing about the Starship Trooper's universe is that the US and Britain were taken down by criminal/corrupt behavior in conjunction with the Russians.  That led to a war with the Chinese Hegemony.
Comment icon #182 Posted by Paranormal Panther on 8 July, 2018, 22:52
The Marines are linked to the Navy, so maybe the Space Force will be linked to the Air Force. It seems like a natural progression.
Comment icon #183 Posted by Gromdor on 8 July, 2018, 23:02
Nah.  They are talking separate branch. 
Comment icon #184 Posted by Paranormal Panther on 9 July, 2018, 22:01
Things could change. It's been known to happen.
Comment icon #185 Posted by Gromdor on 9 July, 2018, 23:31
You may very well be right.  The guy making the original statement doesn't have a good track record for, ahem, accuracy.
Comment icon #186 Posted by Occams Razor on 10 July, 2018, 4:56
So they say. I can't remember the details but it was probably much larger and travelling much faster than a falling rod.
Comment icon #187 Posted by OverSword on 10 July, 2018, 15:06
Actually due to aerodynamic resistance created by an irregularly shaped hunk of rock and ice it was probably going much slower than something specifically designed to have maximum terminal velocity and reach the ground mainly intact.  You really should think things through with a bit more thoroughness.
Comment icon #188 Posted by Paranormal Panther on 10 July, 2018, 22:38
These categories tend to blend and blur. The Air Force is a relatively new branch of the military, even though the Army flew planes for years before it started. The Navy has its own aviation, and the Marines have fought next to soldiers since our early days. Of course, the Coast Guard is akin to a local navy too, so the Space Force might share other duties with other branches in the same manner.
Comment icon #189 Posted by Vlad the Mighty on 11 July, 2018, 7:18
Of course, all this will be completely neither here nor there once China reveals the antigravity drive that it's without a doubt working on. 
Comment icon #190 Posted by Alaric on 11 July, 2018, 19:54
“The "rods from god" idea was a bundle of telephone-pole-size (20 feet long, 1 foot in diameter) tungsten rods, dropped from orbit, reaching a speed of up to 10 times the speed of sound.” “The rod itself would penetrate hundreds of feet into the Earth, destroying any potential hardened bunkers or secret underground sites. More than that, when the rod hits, the explosion would be on par with the magnitude of a ground-penetrating nuclear weapon - but with no fallout.” “The Pentagon’s New S... [More]

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