Trump Has Ordered the Creation of a New Space Command

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 - 12:19PM
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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 - 12:19PM
Trump Has Ordered the Creation of a New Space Command
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Now that the Space Corps is gearing up to become an actual branch of the United States military, President Trump ordered the creation of a "unified combatant command" to oversee it—as well as the the rest of the US' military operations in space. This will be the new Space Command, which was previously disbanded in 2002 by President George W. Bush.

The announcement comes after the acknowledgement that the next major theater for warfare will most likely be space—low-Earth orbit, to be specific. Military leaders have realized that the destruction of even a handful of satellites could cripple America's ability to respond to missile threats, keep track of troop movements, and relay communications to soldiers. According to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson: "We are shifting to a war fighting culture at the explicit recognition that [space] is a war fighting domain. Adversaries are developing capabilities to deny us the use of space in crisis or war. The creation of a unified command puts focus on the ability to protect our assets on orbit and prevail if called upon."

Of course, the logistics and organizational details can get pretty confusing since the US military has multiple organizations handling different aspects of space right now. It was recently announced that the Space Force would most likely recruit its leadership and officers from those other organizations, including the US Air Force Space Command, which will apparently handle the training and equipping of those involved in the new Space Command. According to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan: "The Space Force will serve as a force provider for personnel, assets, and capabilities supporting space operations while Space Command will serve as the operational command that will employ space capabilities and lead space operations."

Though space nerds may lament that the Final Frontier is swinging back toward being the stage for a Cold War-style arms race, Neil DeGrasse Tyson claims that space and war have always been intertwined.
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