President Trump Officially Launching US Space Command This Week
As expected, President Donald Trump will be signing an executive order to create the U.S. Space Command in the next few days.
This isn't quite the "Space Force" that was first talked about as being a new branch of the U.S. military, but this is a good first step to making this a reality.
This order comes as Vice President Mike Pence is planning on meeting at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral this week and will announce the Space Force program at that time.
“Creating a new branch of the military is not a simple process,” Pence said when unveiling the plan for the program on August 9. “Our administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations, with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by the year 2020.”
But this will not just serve as an arbitrary administration.
According to CNN,
The new Space Command will be only the 11th combined combatant command, joining the ranks of Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, and Special Operations Command, which oversees elite troops known as Special Operations Forces.
Many people have criticisms over having such an operation or branch of the military that is focused on space as though we have space invaders from other planets coming to attack us. But that's not the idea at all.
Here are a few reasons why a Space Force is becoming necessary:
We have satellites orbiting our planet and they are vulnerable to being shot down by missiles or attacked by other weapons capable of reaching orbit.
Lasers or electromagnetic pulse weapons could be used to damage or destroy satellites.
RF signals can disrupt communications between satellites and ground links. For example, in 2014 Russia caused a disruption that resulted in the loss of GPS capabilities. North Korea has done the same thing against South Korea on a number of occasions as well.
Satellites are even susceptible to cyber attacks as well.
The big nations that could pose a threat in any of these ways would be Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China.
So as you can clearly see, there are a number of reasons why guarding our immediate space front is important in our future and I for one am glad that our President recognizes that.