The Space Force of America. Wait, What?

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The Space Force of America. Wait, What?

Cole Bruhnke, Editor in Chief

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On Tuesday March 13, President Trump was giving a speech to military members in San Diego when he brought up a controversial idea. He proposed the idea of a new branch of the military, the Space Force. “Space is a war-fighting domain,” he said. “just like the land, air and sea.”

You may be thinking, this sounds like Star Wars or Star Trek. You know, spaceships, laser beams, and fighting aliens.

The questions are, is this logical and reasonable? Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly, Trump’s own cabinet don’t seem to favor the idea. Both the Secretaries of Defense and Air Force argued against a Space Force earlier in their terms. “I oppose the creation of a new military service and additional organizational layers at a time when we are focused on reducing overhead and integrating joint warfighting efforts.” said James Mattis, Secretary of Defense.

One of the problems with a Space Force is that Space is supposed to be international waters. War is not supposed to happen hear. The United States may be perceived as trying to conquer the Space around Earth which would cause conflicts.

Some say that it is important for America to “gain and maintain space superiority”. Basically, the U.S. should try to control the Space around Earth so others can’t.

Currently in Congress, a push to create a Space Corps is led by Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers. He said, “We will not allow the United States national security space enterprise to continue to drift toward a space Pearl Harbor.”

Of course, to create a space force, a lot would have to happen. First a bill would have to pass in Congress creating it, which has already tried and failed before. It would be a part of the Air Force which would be split into 2 parts, aviation and space venture.

It appears that President Trump is not deterred. Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of defense said that the president was “very interested in ensuring that the department is best organized and equipped to achieve our vital missions in space.”

The President had originally brought up the idea for a Space Force as a joke, he said, but then realized that he thought it might be ”a great idea.” and said, “Maybe we’ll have to do that.”

Will this “great idea” turn out that way, never happen, or create world conflict?

 

Cole Bruhnke, Editor-in-chief

Cole Bruhnke is a 8th grader here at Dana Middle School. He’s been here at Dana since 6th grade. His favorite theme park is Universal Studios  even...

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3 Responses to “The Space Force of America. Wait, What?”

  1. Carlos Lozano on April 13th, 2018 3:25 pm

    Call of Duty Infinite Warfare 2

  2. Mr. Morris on April 17th, 2018 11:59 am

    Mr. Spock would roll over in his grave…!!!

  3. Books on April 20th, 2018 4:26 pm

    that’s gonna create world conflict.

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