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Insight - Making Sense of Trump's Space Force

2 Apr 2019, 00:00 UTC
Insight - Making Sense of Trump's Space Force
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By Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning
On June 18, 2018, President Trump directed the creation of a “Space Force” as the United State’s sixth military service. Though the announcement was a surprise to nearly everyone, including most of the leadership in the Department of Defense, the underlying issues and concerns were not. The U.S. national security space community has been grappling with how best to organize itself for nearly two decades. The debate began in earnest with the Rumsfeld Commission Report in January 2001, but was sidelined with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In the last few years, growing counterspace threats from Russia, China, and others have increased the urgency for accelerating the development of new capabilities and improving the resilience of its space systems. In late 2016, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) reignited the space reorganization debate in Congress and began a legislative push for creating a Space Corps within the Department of the Air Force.
As is often the case with a policy ad lib by President Trump, the announcement kicked off a surge of media and public interest. It was the first time most people had heard of these issues and the aggressive rhetoric President Trump ...

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