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President Trump officially launches US Space Command

President Trump officially launches US Space Command

US Space Force faces biggest threat already: The Democrats.

President Donald Trump officially launched the Pentagon’s new Space Command as part of national efforts to better organize and advance the military’s space programs.

Trump signed a one-page memorandum Tuesday authorizing the Defense Department to create the new command. Speaking at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Vice President Mike Pence said, “a new era of American national security in space begins today.”
The goal is to set up a command to oversee and organize space operations, accelerate technical advances and find more effective ways to defend U.S. assets in space, including the vast constellations of satellites that American forces rely on for navigation, communications and surveillance. The move comes amid growing concerns that China and Russia are working on ways to disrupt, disable or even destroy U.S. satellites.

Creating the Space Command is the first step in forming the proposed 6th branch of the military, the US Space Force.

According to one U.S. official, the command would pull about 600 staff from existing military space offices, and then add at least another 1,000 over the coming years. The roughly $800 million would mainly cover the additional staff. The costs for the existing staff would just transfer to the new command, but that total was not immediately available.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations not yet announced.

Army Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, spokesman for Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, said that establishing Space Command is “a critical step in accelerating our space capabilities and posture to defend our vital national interests and deter our adversaries. This combatant command will lead space operations and develop space warfighting doctrine, tactics, and techniques.”

He added that the Pentagon will continue to develop a legislative proposal to meet the president’s vision for a space force.

The US Space Forces faces its greatest challenge even before creation… the Black Hole of a Democratic majority House of Representatives.

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, who is poised to take over the chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee from Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and other Democrats have already made their case for keeping military space programs within the existing structure of the Air Force.

They have also balked at the projected $1 billion price tag for building a new headquarters for the Space Force.

The divided Congress could also put the brakes on Trump-backed initiatives at the VA, with Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, likely to take over from Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee, as chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.


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Why isn’t this just handled by the Air Force? Creating another bureaucracy doesn’t seem like a very conservative endeavor to me.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Paul. | December 19, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Have you seen an organization chart for it yet?

    So far, this is within the Air Force’s purview.

    An argument exists to create the Space Command much the same one that created the Air Force from the Army Air Force.

    No matter what the cost, we need the insurance of military protection against external existential threats to our existence. If we don’t collapse from within first, which seem very likely.

      Very likely. That’s where the Democrats come in. We need no external threats when we have them.

        Well, like it or not, we’ve got ’em.

        We need and Education Command, to take back our schools from the tumor of the army leftist brainwashers we’ve been allowing to indoctrinate our children.

        Amongst ourselves, we need a GOPe Command, to hunt and destroy the incumbency of mcconnell/mccain/ryan/boehner/flake/corker rino elements infesting and sabotaging our political party and our country.

    Sunlight78 in reply to Paul. | December 19, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    The rumor I heard is that hammers don’t really cost $5000 and etc. That the military has a huge skunkswork operation. With the military under going higher scrutiny for spending this is a way to drag the skunksworks into a real division. Unless Dems screw things up we should see “huge” results in about 2 years just prior to election that will seem amazing given the supposed time frame.

      Any cites to such stories?

        The only one I ever saw cited was a 600 dollar (or thereabouts) toilet seat. The stories never mentioned that the “toilet seat” was designed for very high altitudes, where its function was to operate while preventing explosive decompression.

        Back around 1985, an Air Force navigator noticed that some of the protective caps on the feet of a stool, that navigators used to shoot stars with a sextant though a tiny window in the top of the AWACS aircraft in the rare event of an instrument failure, needed replacing. So, an order for 3 stool caps went to Boeing.

        Boeing hadn’t made any in years, so the task was given to an engineer. He had to find the machine that made them (before barcoded inventories). Then he had to learn how to operate the machine and find the raw material to put in the machine and finally stamp out 3 copies. They were then shipped to the depot that placed the order and an invoice was prepared.

        When sergeant who placed the order saw the $3,000 bill, he protested. I never hear how his protest got to Congress, but the President of Boeing got called to Congress to explain why they were over billing. So a couple of Boeing Executives went to Congress to explain the details that went into the bill that added up to $3,000.

        The Congressmen were either unable or unwilling to understand that 3 stool caps really could cost $1,000 on average to make. The Boeing Executives, who were spending more than $3,000 to come to Washington from Seattle realized they needed to cut their loses and the Congressmen to keep them and there would be no charge.

        End of story? No.

        The Congressmen kept the stools caps as trophies of their fight to end over billing.

        The Air Force still needed 3 stool caps.

        Boeing quietly made and shipped 3 more stool caps.

        When I heard the story, I was tempted to put in a Suggestion Form: “The next time a navigator stool caps needs replacing, cut off a 3″ strip of duct tape and apply around the end of the stool leg. This will save $1,000 each.”

        The acquisition rule would have prevented saying, “Take a sample to Ace Hardware….”

      buckeyeminuteman in reply to Sunlight78. | December 19, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Skunkworks is a division or testing location of Lockheed, not an entity under the DOD but a private company. Combatant Command or COCOM is the way to go for space for now. No need to create a 6th branch just yet.

Did someone forget about his friggin’ wall? That’s the priority, not playing Star Wars!

    JusticeDelivered in reply to MarkS. | December 19, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Perhaps the Space Command could drop a few asteroids on Mexico as a warning to get their agents out of America?

CaliforniaJimbo | December 19, 2018 at 7:57 pm

As part of the enhanced security needed for the space command, a wall across our southern border must be built. Our launches occur in the southern parts of the US. Need a wall.

US Space Command existed from 198 to 2002.

Trump just relaunched US Space Command.