President Trump made an announcement today that raised some eyebrows.
“My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land air and sea. “
We’re doing a tremendous amount of work in space, and I said, maybe we need a new force. We’ll call it the Space Force.”
President Trump addresses Marines in California:
"We're doing a tremendous amount of work in space, and I said, maybe we need a new force. We'll call it the 'Space Force.'" pic.twitter.com/Ed3KiOKVSk
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 13, 2018
Trump’s surprising announcement was met with worldwide laughter, the very idea sounds like something out of a hollywood blockbuster.
Despite the reaction, the President intends to pursue this course of action.
There is several questions facing the federal government in wake of the announcement.
1. Who is going to pay for it?
2. At what point did we develop the technology to fight in space?
3. Is this endeavor really a more important priority than addressing healthcare, education, or global warming?
This Space Force will be a branch of the millitary, but the assumption is that NASA will play a role as well.
The technology involved is totally theoretical, there has been minimal application in the field, it could take decades to get this “Space Force” off the ground.
Unless aliens are headed for Earth, the purpose of this force is difficult to digest, especially considering the tax payer money that will be required to fund it.