Way back in March 2018, Donald Trump announced his intentions to introduce a new branch of the United States military called the 'space force' where soldiers would apparently do combat in space?
Anyway, few people actually believed this to be a real thing that would come to fruition but during a press conference in the White House rose garden on Thursday he confirmed that it would be happening.
Speaking to the press, in a slow and slurred manner, he said:
As the newest combatant command SPACECOM will defend America’s vital interests in space — the next war fighting domain.
And I think that’s pretty obvious to everybody. It’s all about space.
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This completely surreal announcement by Trump didn't fail to grab people's attention and people couldn't actually believe what they were hearing. It almost defies parody.
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Trump's campaign team already have merchandise out for the space force. No, we are not joking.
In fairness to Trump, his 'space force' isn't an entirely new concept. Back in 1985, the military had something called 'Space Command' which was intended to fight wars in space and amazingly operated for 20 years.
After 9/11 Space Command became part of US Strategic Command which focuses on nuclear deterrents and then the Joint Force Space Component Command.
According to The Verge, the space force will initially spend its time working out what kind of satellites will be needed, constructing them and then training people to use them.
Brian Weeden, the director of program planning for Secure World Foundation, told Verge:
All of the combatant commands have all their own war plans. How does space fit into those? Space Command is now going to be helping with that.
The biggest thing that a combatant command does is it thinks about all the bad things that could happen in its area of control.
And then they put together a plan for how to respond to all of those bad things that can happen.
HT The Verge
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