Congressmen Introduce a Bill to Create a Real-Life Space Corps

Monday, 26 June 2017 - 8:48AM
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Monday, 26 June 2017 - 8:48AM
Congressmen Introduce a Bill to Create a Real-Life Space Corps
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By January 1st, 2019, the United States will have a new military branch: The Space Corps. Yes, it's exactly what you think it is.

Alabama Republican Rep. Mike Rogers and Tennessee Democrat Rep. Jim Cooper, who are leading representatives of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, which oversees military space operations, said in a statement

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There is bipartisan acknowledgement that the strategic advantages we derive from our national security space systems are eroding...[t]hus, Congress has to step in. We must act now to fix national security space and put in place a foundation for defending space as a critical element of national security.[We] will require the creation, under the Secretary of the Air Force, of a new Space Corps, as a separate military service responsible for national security space programs for which the Air Force is today responsible.
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National space security is not something most of us likely think of when we consider defense. I can't recall ever looking up into the night sky and seeing scenes reminiscent of Star Wars. But, as space becomes privatized and more and more agencies, organizations, and companies venture into the cosmos, it makes sense to consider security. To ensure that this new military branch is created, lawmakers within the House Armed Services Committee have created binding legislation, requiring the U.S. Air Force to create the branch.


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So, would average citizens be able to enlist? Would you attend basic training on the Moon, running drills in zero gravity? Details like this are not yet public, but one can hope.

Currently, the major space security threats look a lot different than Star Wars. One main concern is satellite interference. It is possible for outside crafts to destroy or alter existing satellites, and seriously obstruct communications, which poses a severe security issue. So, as we await further details on the Space Corps, you might want to start brushing up on your physics and practicing with a lightsaber—it could come in handy.
 
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