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Trump administration lays groundwork for future 'space force'

By ABC News

The Pentagon is laying the groundwork for a future Space Force, moving closer to an order from President Trump earlier this summer to create a sixth military branchRead full story

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  • Stephanie  Schierholz
    Stephanie Schierholz Space Communicator

    Reorganization sometimes is done simply for visibility. Maybe that's the case... a Space Force certainly does attract a lot of attention; now if that focus could truly be on the science and engineering, we'll all benefit. Unfortunately I think most people hear "Space Force" and just think Star Trek.

  • Kaelan Boyd
    Kaelan BoydFounder & Chief Editor at The Sapiocracy

    What about an Elections Protection Force? What about a Poverty Combat Force? What about an Environmental Stewardship Force? Let's create a force that actually tackles real issues instead of Star Trek inspired fantasies...

  • If Parker and Stone hurry, they can probably get “Team America: Space Force” into theaters first.

    But seriously, what is the point of this? Who are we fighting in space? Drax Industries? At best, this is a superfluous rearranging of organizational charts. There is no credible threat in outer space that requires a new branch of the military.

  • Crazy how we pushing “space force” when we really should be pushing our focus on cities like Chicago which this past weekend had 72 shootings and 12 killings in one weekend while Lollapalooza was heavily secured with no casualties. I know there is so much that goes into this but there needs to be a change no question . There needs to be a change all over the world but this ‘space force’ Initiative has 0 relevancy to me . My city Chicago is what’s relevant and needs attention .

  • Matt Walters
    Matt WaltersFounding Partner at MissionLab Inc

    The US military has consistently lead the way for great technological and scientific leaps. But not only does the US need to be spending less on the military as a percentage of GDP, society as a whole needs to move beyond the idea of warfare. Humanity faces existential threats, and will even more so in the future, that require us to stand together and jointly address problems such as rising temperatures and dwindling natural resources. I’m not sure a Space Force accomplishes these objectives.

  • Jason Liao
    Jason LiaoGrowth at WeWork

    Is this a farce? Or another hypnotist move by Trump to divert attention of media and everyone else from the problems at hand (e.g., tariffs and trade wars and the plight of various groups as a result, pending Russia investigation, etc.). Every day becomes a bit harder to take this government seriously

  • Peter Repucci
    Peter RepucciAssociate at Riverstone Holdings

    I'd be really curious to know what some of the NP pro pickers in the space think about this (Ian Bremmer and Phillip Lipscy come to mind. Also, NewsPicks, Nuno Monteiro, a polysci Prof at Yale, would have killer opinions about this). As silly as a "Space Force" sounds, it's probably a logical and even necessary move as more and more countries successfully establish space programs. There are currently treaties in place to prevent the weaponization of space, but there's no real deterrent as of yet

    I'd be really curious to know what some of the NP pro pickers in the space think about this (Ian Bremmer and Phillip Lipscy come to mind. Also, NewsPicks, Nuno Monteiro, a polysci Prof at Yale, would have killer opinions about this). As silly as a "Space Force" sounds, it's probably a logical and even necessary move as more and more countries successfully establish space programs. There are currently treaties in place to prevent the weaponization of space, but there's no real deterrent as of yet. Although developing a deterrent is inherently weaponizing space, so it's a difficult problem to address. Currently, the US holds supremacy in air and sea based warfare by a large margin - and I think land based warfare as well, although that is being challenged. All of those forces rely on satellites for communications and real time data, without which they would be massively handicapped. It makes sense to develop capabilities to aggressively safeguard those assets to prevent hostile countries from developing capabilities to cripple US military capability.

    It's a new arms race, or a continuation of the current one, and much like the nuclear arms race, it's a chicken or the egg issue. You can't develop space based weapons, so you can't allow other countries to also develop space based weapons, so you develop space based weapons to prevent others from developing space based weapons, and then everyone tries to get space based weapons. What a world we live in.

  • Alex Lockie
    Alex LockieNews Editor at Business Insider

    The US military, famously, is always preparing to fight the last war.

    "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force."

    If that doesn't get you excited about cool new future projects that see Americans in space like never before, maybe you should take a break.

  • Paul Shi
    Paul ShiSoftware Engineer at CommonBond

    Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the military industrial complex. Its five-year mission: blow some shit up, create billions of dollars in military contracts, and seek out new ways to create conflict.

  • Max Lockie
    Max LockiePlatform Editor at Quartz

    "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force."

    I'll be interested to see if this works its way into midterm/2020 politics. Are democrats going to include this among their complaints with the administration?

  • The only question is he more afraid of the Chinese or Aliens?

  • If someone is indeed watching us from up above, First Contact might be soon...

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_First_Contact

  • Olivier Sarfati
    Olivier SarfatiHead of Equities at An Investment Firm

    Should this be a priority when Russian hackers can infiltrate the US electrical grid through the internet?

    Sounds like a political diversion. Anyhow, I hope it will cost (a lot) less than Reagan’s SDI program ($200B+).

    Regardless of where the money comes from (federal vs local government), it comes from the same pockets; so wouldn’t it be nice to have broader access to education for kids? Better healthcare? a subway that works for NYC?

  • Jeff Green
    Jeff Green

    How about a cyberspace force instead. Respond to actual eminent threats.

  • Robert Wawee
    Robert WaweeTeacher/Educator

    Max: I think that the major complaint would be that money being spent on the Space Force could be redistributed to other areas of need including lowering the deficit. So look for the "wasteful spending" argument beginning today through the Mid-terms.

  • unfortunately, this is probably necessary at some point, but for this administration it’s like buying a race-car when you can’t even drive a tricycle.

  • Rahul Bhansali
    Rahul BhansaliManaging Director at Indlak Capital

    Space force! We need it. I can't help but think it was inspired by a special someone watching Avengers late into the night.

  • Jordan Holmes
    Jordan Holmes

    Aha, we just needed to militarize NASA in order to justify it to conservatives.

  • Xavier Lindley
    Xavier Lindley

    The fact that almost every single senior member of NASA as well as several high ranking military officials are saying this is superfluous, not to mentioned coupled by the fact it was put forth by a president who has systematically contradicted himself countless times in the last year alone, leads me to believe that this is just a publicity stunt for the upcoming reelection.

    Either that or someone whispered into Trumps ear that we need to stop the "Space Immigrants" that will inevitably come and

    The fact that almost every single senior member of NASA as well as several high ranking military officials are saying this is superfluous, not to mentioned coupled by the fact it was put forth by a president who has systematically contradicted himself countless times in the last year alone, leads me to believe that this is just a publicity stunt for the upcoming reelection.

    Either that or someone whispered into Trumps ear that we need to stop the "Space Immigrants" that will inevitably come and he is hurriedly attempting to build a blockade around the Earth.

  • Just like Sputnik. We should wait for China to put a Nuclear platform in space before we do anything.

    Then you will see the same people complain about "inaction".

  • Katz Ishida
    Katz IshidaEngineer at Quartz

    Thinking what companies in the US would benefit from this.

  • Dr. Roxanne Seigel
    Dr. Roxanne Seigel

    All you doubters will be screaming what happened?? and why weren’t we prepared?? when China, already close to being able to disrupt or even destroy our satellite signals from their space paraphernalia does so. We need the capacity to overt and deter as well as to quickly send up new satellites. The combination of government and private industries such as Blue Origin and space X are a perfect force to keep us not only prepared but ahead of the game. A Space Force is our next logical step in keeping

    All you doubters will be screaming what happened?? and why weren’t we prepared?? when China, already close to being able to disrupt or even destroy our satellite signals from their space paraphernalia does so. We need the capacity to overt and deter as well as to quickly send up new satellites. The combination of government and private industries such as Blue Origin and space X are a perfect force to keep us not only prepared but ahead of the game. A Space Force is our next logical step in keeping our system solvent and does not, nor should and will not replace addressing our societal problems that have been ignored for the last decade.

  • Susan Scalero
    Susan Scalerowaitress

    Given that the government says it cannot afford health care for all, but can come up with billions of $$$ for a new branch of the armed services “Space Force” sounds like wasted space to me. Dumbest idea to come out of the “Swamp” !!!!!!

  • Catherine Tannahill
    Catherine Tannahillprof, teacher

    my husband & I are serious history buffs & have toured a lot of battlefields as a result. consistently he who holds the high ground wins. for those who think mankind has moved beyond violence, read about something other than Trump. right now there is no higher ground than space. the US has squandered much of its previous advantage. it may sound funny but take a look at the South China Sea & remember that everyone laughed at being able to build islands to extend territory.

  • ‘Space Force’, insinuates there is something to enforce. Donald chose this incident above others to be politically correct and not follow Ronald Reagan’s, ‘Space Wars’.

    I believe it’s a farce, but if I had to give it a name, ‘Space Shield’ is a much better message.

  • Fahad Shuttari
    Fahad Shuttari

    I feel like Space Force is just a distraction from this administration to defund NASA and hope SpaceX also gets hit as well.

  • Tyler Youngers
    Tyler Youngers

    I thought this was a joke...

  • Fynes Moryson
    Fynes Moryson

    Just what we need. Another Armed Force to gobble up our taxes while most people can’t get decent medical, housing or wages.

  • Cahnen Carnagey
    Cahnen Carnagey

    If Space Force had been an option I'd have totally gone level 10 on that...

  • Tara  Bjork
    Tara Bjork

    I believe the credible threat is here on earth. The way we use our planet if we intend to survive we will need to look onward and out into space. I believe there is plenty of science to back this up. Now about those phasers.

  • Jason Kreiger
    Jason KreigerDisclosure

    Am I a target?

  • Peter Gerard
    Peter Gerard

    Well. Let’s see what they come up in 2020

  • Paul Contreras
    Paul Contreras CEO / President at Homeco

    Long over due. Glad to see the administration is taking it seriously.

  • Paul Harrold
    Paul Harrold

    Believe it or not, we are having to deal with a gang stalking terrorist space pirate community that stoled top secret stealth technology and set up bases on the moon and Mars. Officially this is classified because the gang stoled secret military technologies from all over the world. We need a space force just to deal with interplanetary space piracy, believe it or not.

  • James Thunder
    James Thunder

    I’m okay with it I guess, but what’s the space force going to do?

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