Posted by 17 December 2019
The Space Force will soon be a reality for the U.S. military.
The Senate approved the Dense authorization bill by a vote of 86-8 today, authorizing spending on the U.S. military for the next year. Included in that legislation is the creation of the Space Force, a priority of President Trump.
In 2018, the president announced plans to create a sixth branch of the military to undertake operations in space.
It is still unclear how far the mission of the Space Force will reach. NASA undertakes peaceful missions in space, and that would remain unchanged. The new force is aimed at ensuring that space cannot be used for offensive action against the United States. Its main aim, at least initially, will be to protect satellites, which are increasingly important for both civilian and military uses.
Other nations have similar forces. Russia created an Aerospace Force in 2015. The U.S. Space Force will be part of the Air Force.
The House of Representatives has already passed the Defense authorization bill, and it now heads to President Trump for his signature.
Do you support creation of the Space Force?