President Trump thinks the U.S. needs a Space Force. Whether he’s serious or not, it makes news.
Sean O’Keefe, a former NASA administrator and Navy Secretary, told the Washington Post “Trump’s own defense secretary and Air Force secretary argued vociferously against it when members of Congress pushed it last year. You can emphasize more help for the military in space without going to the massive organizational change and expense, he said.”
And who would lose if some form of war started in space? Everyone. The global economy would take a huge hit. If telecommunication satellites were targeted the consequences could be catastrophic, such is our reliance on them.
As for President Trump, here’s what he said if you can follow his ramblings. For an amusing take on a U.S. Space Force, watch Colbert’s take on it.
“My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war fighting domain. Just like the land, air, and sea. We may even have a Space Force. Develop another one. Space Force. We have the Air Force – we’ll have a Space Force. We have the Army, the Navy. You know I was saying it the other day because we are doing a tremendous amount of work in space. I said ‘maybe we need a new force – we’ll call it the Space Force – and I was not really serious – and then I said what a great idea – maybe we’ll have to do it. That could happen. That could be the breaking shore. Look at all those people back there. Look at that. Ahhh – that fake news. Ugh. They know – they understand. So think of that: Space Force. Because we’re spending a lot – and we have a lot of private money coming in – tremendous. You saw what happened the other day – tremendous success. From the very beginning many of our astronauts have been soldiers and sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen, and marines. And our service members will be vital to ensuring that America continues to lead the way into the stars. It will lead the way in space. We’re way, way behind – and we’re catching up fast – so fast that nobody even believes it.”