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Op-ed | The U.S. Space Force must be independent but not insular

13 Sep 2019, 16:27 UTC
Op-ed | The U.S. Space Force must be independent but not insular
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Our armed forces stand on the brink of historic change – the standup of a United States Space Force. The inception of a new armed service will be followed by an extensive discussion and debate on the missions, functions and resources that will be needed. Without question, setting the new service up for success will require a balancing act — a thoughtful balance between integration with the other services and domains, and independence to address the unique challenges of space.
Now is the time, at the inception of the Space Force, to get this harmony right, especially as potential adversaries are rapidly developing their own space capabilities to deny America and allies the use of space in crisis or war.
On the one hand, the new Space Force must have enough escape velocity at launch to attain true independence as an armed service. Starting out as small as it will, if the Space Force does not have sufficient authorities, autonomy, resources, and organizational flexibility. It runs the real risk of getting swamped by the size, culture and thinking of the other services. A hundred years ago, fledgling air forces faced this same risk, most visibly when land forces fixated on ...

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