The establishment of the sixth branch of the United States military is currently underway: the United States Space Force. In a press conference on August 9, 2018, Vice President Mike Pence outlined how the new branch will be created and the rationale behind it.
America’s space capabilities are being challenged by its geopolitical adversaries, ushering in a new era of arms race. China has successfully tested its first hypersonic vehicle. Russia’s hypersonic missiles should be war ready by 2020. Energy weapons are here. As the creation of the United States Air force branch (formerly a part of the US Army until 1947) was a necessary action to adapt to the threats of the time, the creation of the Space Force is the next step to “deter and defeat a new generation of threats.” The United States of America seeks to assert its military presence in space, as indicated by the Vice President’s bold words, “It’s not enough to have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space. And so we will.” Along with the announcement, the Department of Defense released a report outlining the initial plan to implement the Space Force, which can be found here. So it’s happening. By 2020, Space Force will be operational. Who wants to be a Space Marine?
I’m greatly facsinated by all this. History has shown that once a new technology is created, militaries develop and eventually release them, effectively changing the civilian world. Such was the case with GPS, the Internet, and even duct tape. So I’m all onboard for the Space Force, and curious to see how the rest of the world will respond to this… and I’m greatly hopeful that this might just mean I’ll be able to have my own space ship one day. With or without the hypersonic missiles.