Congress Agrees: We Don’t Need A Space Force.

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Latest Congressional Budget Allows Funding for “Space Corps” Under the Secretary of the Air Force – Not a Full-Blown Space Force Branch of the DoD.

Earlier this year, I wrote a very long (by this site’s standards) diatribe about the Space Force. If you’re not up to reading all of that, here’s the TL:DR. We already have a space force. The United States Air Force owns and operates 70% of the military assets in space right now. As a former Staff Sergeant in the Washington Air National Guard (honorably discharged in 2007), I found out first hand how the space mission is an integral part of the Air Force’s total force mission. In fact, my job was to maintain and install satellite communications equipment. I dealt with U.S. military space assets every drill weekend.

To me, the assertion by our now impeached President that we need an additional branch of the military to handle space operations is insulting. It shows complete disregard for the amazing job the U.S. Air Force Space Command (which has been a thing since we first started going to space, by the way) has done. Remember the last time you asked Google for directions for the nearest restaurant? Yeah. You can thank the U.S.A.F. Space Command for that. See, they’re the ones who put all of those GPS satellites in orbit. 

Yeah… But there are new global threats to our space assets!

Yep. You’re right. And you really think the U.S. Air Force, the most technologically advanced military organization in the world (Okay, Navy, maybe you can argue with me on that, but we’ll save that for later…) can’t handle new threats? This is the organization that built both a fighter and bomber that are invisible to radar for Christ’s sake. They built a plane that flies higher than any other in existence (The U2). So high that you literally need a spacesuit to fly one. The Air Force also built the SR-71. A plane so fast that its top speed was classified for decades. The point is, the Air Force is more than capable of rising to the challenge of twenty-first-century space operations if they’re funded and directed properly.

Thankfully Congress has more sense than the President.

Congressional language outlining the creation of a Space Corps under the Department of the Air Force.

I’m Not Trying To Say I Told You So…

…but thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster. You can read more about the Space Corps’ mission here.

Look. This is a win for our country. The more efficient we can make our military the better. We can still be the most awesome, terrifying force on the planet without spending more than the next eight countries combined. Fixing that spending problem starts with smart decisions like this one, and it ends with more funding for infrastructure, educational opportunities, public safety, and other crucial domestic programs for U.S. citizens. Thanks, Congress!

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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  1. Can’t wait to take it to those “Space ISIS” guys once and for all.

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