US Launching 'Space Corps' in Next 3 Years, Says Strategic Forces Chairman
This is the part where we cue the yellow text crawl, John Williams' score, and sounds effects of TIE fighters and X-Wings, but we're on a budget over here so instead we'll say: pew pew! Last summer, a US Congressman introduced a bill to start a new futuristic branch of the military. Known as the "Space Corps," the branch would help ensure national space security and defend against cosmic attacks from foreign (or intergalactic) forces.
Given recent developments involving China and Russia and potential risks to US satellites, those who supported the bill say it's time to act, with Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, stating that the first Space Corps initiative could be built in the next 3-5 years.
Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies forum on space this week, Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee said that should an enemy attack US satellites, "We could be deaf, dumb and blind within seconds...Seldom has a great nation been so vulnerable."
Rogers blamed the Air Force for essentially not thinking beyond the border of where air meets space, and says that the new military branch would fix that oversight.
"Over the years, the Air Force has used space programs as a money pot to reach into and subsidize air-dominance programs when they feel like Congress hasn't given them enough for tankers, fighter jets, whatever," he said at the space forum. "Congress has not given any of the services enough, but that doesn't mean you starve to death one of your subordinate missions."
Rogers added that there is classified information that would show the American people just how necessary the initiative is, but he doesn't want to go to jail by leaking it. "The first thing [the Air Force] could do is just to come out of denial, admit we've got a problem and that we've got to fix it. And work with us instead of fighting us."
The House Armed Services Committee has faced resistance from the Air Force, Pentagon, and White House, so it doesn't look like the debate will end overnight just because of some passionate quotes from Cooper and Rogers.
We'll see if the new developments help change minds on the other side, but in the meantime we'll go get fitted for our Stormtrooper suits.