HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Trump’s Space Force Marks Its Second Year In Operation

Written by Wes Walker on December 20, 2021

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When Trump first suggested that we needed to create a separate branch to monitor and protect our presence in space, they laughed. But with satellite attacks and hypersonics, we’re glad he did.

It was easy to crack jokes when he first mentioned it. The punchlines almost wrote themselves, but it was a serious consideration, recognizing the growing threats of our near-peer rivals, and their willingness to use any tool at their disposal to achieve military superiority — including the weaponizing of space.

What began as the spark of an idea soon grew to become a separate branch of the military, a branch that is now celebrating its second birthday.

It hasn’t been without its opposition. Democrats tried to push a bill that would scrap the Space force entirely.

The bill, titled the “No Militarization of Space Act” was introduced on Wednesday by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) and was co-sponsored by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Jesús García (D-IL), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Maxine Waters (D-CA). The bill has the stated purpose “to abolish the Space Force as an Armed Force.”

“The long-standing neutrality of space has fostered a competitive, non-militarized age of exploration every nation and generation has valued since the first days of space travel,” Huffman wrote in a statement announcing his bill. “But since its creation under the former Trump administration, the Space Force has threatened longstanding peace and flagrantly wasted billions of taxpayer dollars.” — American Military News, Sept 24, 2021

[Will these people EVER be on the right side of an issue?]

Not two years after its launch, with the unveiling of new toys, and constant attempts against our satellites by our near-peer foreign rivals, we are now seeing how prescient the formation of that dedicated new branch really was.

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And the threat in space itself is real:

SPACE FORCE GENERAL: China, Russia Are Attacking American Satellites … DAILY

The United States is testing satellite resiliency to threats from China and Russia miles above the earth’s surface, just weeks after Russia shot down an aging communications satellite.

The computer-aided simulations included potential shooting down of U.S. missile-tracking satellites, satellite jamming, and other electronic warfare “effects” that are possible tactics in space warfare. Actual satellites are not used.

…After Russia successfully conducted an anti-satellite missile test last month, U.S. officials believe there is an increasing need to make the U.S. satellite network resilient to attack and to use opportunities like ‘Space Flag’ to train.

Satellites are vital to military communications, global positioning navigation, and timing systems that are needed in the event of war.

The 10-day-long space war game attempts to simulate the cutting edge of the U.S. capability in space. The training exercise involved an adversarial group working to simulate an aggressor nation with space capabilities like Russia or China. — OANN

If you’re still kind of fuzzy on what exactly it is they do, this page from Congress should help clear things up for you. Some highlights:

The FY2020 NDAA assigned the Space Force the following duties: (1) protect the interests of the United States in space; (2) deter aggression in, from, and to space; and (3) conduct space operations. The military space forces of the United States provide freedom of operation in, from, and to the space domain. This includes both combat and space-focused combat support functions intended to enable the United States to promptly conduct offensive and defensive space operations to protect U.S. and allied interests in all war-fighting domains.

The mission is described thusly:

The U.S. Space Force organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force. Its
responsibilities 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.” According to DOD, the Space Force will be lean, agile, and missionfocused in order to remove the traditional layers of bureaucracy. Some of the Space Force missions include Space Superiority; Space Domain Awareness (military, civil, and commercial); Offense and Defensive Space Control; Command and Control of Space Forces & Satellite
Operations; Space Support Nuclear Command, Control, Communications; and Missile Warning/Defense

Happy Birthday, Space Force!

Thanks for all you do!

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