The Creation of the Space Force
The President signed the National Defense Authorization Act, creating one of the coolest military segments since 1947. Such a historic step will bring about a few distinct changes and broaden the responsibilities of the the US Air Force Space Command, allowing it turn into the United States Space Force.
President Trump said in his speech “the essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers.” Trump went onto state that “our destiny beyond the earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security.” The current establishment believes that its not enough to have have an American presence in space but “to have American dominance in space.”
According to a senior official in the US Air Force, between 5,000 to 6,000 personnel from the 16,000 employed will be transferred to the Space Force. At some point in the near future, a segment of professionals will be focusing their efforts on space operations. Other personnel including civil engineers and security officers will stay with the Air Force even when they are tasked to work with Space Force.
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The Space Force Welcomes Many Professionals
Professionals in intelligence, and acquisitions will also be moved to Space Force. It is possible that the personnel working for Space Force may increase over time. That being said, this is still a very small number compared to personnel who work under other branches of the armed forces. The Air Force itself has more than 300,000 people actively working in its ranks.
Spaceforce.mil went live right after Trump signed the new act. One can also find the branch’s social media platforms on the site. The website is to be used in line with other tools to recruit new expertise.
Sure, but what does the Space Force do and why does it matter within the world today?
The Mission of the SpaceForce
According to the government ‘the U.S. Space Force is a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space”’ the government goes on to state that the Space Force “will provide space capabilities to the joint force. USSF responsibilities will include developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands.”
OK, but what does that mean exactly?
The Space Force is to be an independent service which will focus on protecting US’s interests in space.
You may wonder if a space force is necessary at the moment.
Yes, it is, as space becomes the next frontier.
Years of research, improvements in technologies, and effective allocation of capital has made the way for more commercial space exploration.
You may have noticed that more technology companies are in the process of launching satellites and more billionaires are talking about space colonization. We have Musk who talks about Mars, Bezos who talks about the Moon, and others who may talk about building structures in low earth orbit.
Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin will soon start to run commercial private space flights within the next few years.
If that is the next era, forward thinking and leading nations will have to be prepared starting today.
The consensus may be that space will become a critical part of security and prosperity in the future and as such, the thinking is that a proper defense force will be necessary. If the next step is space, then proper infrastructure, protocols, and systems must be in place to create an amiable atmosphere.
But even more so, satellites are critical to our quality of life today, these systems help us navigate, provide us with uptime, facilitate communication and process financial transactions. Satelites play a critical role in beloved applications such as Uber, and several others that improve commerce and movement.