House Budget Proposal Includes The Creation Of The United States Space Corps.

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There has been much in the way of focus on all the different ways Congress has devised to fight with itself as of recent, with most of that revolving around stupid partisan bickering and political posturing. Still, there are real proposals on the table, and currently the 2018 defense budget is one of them. We’ve already talked about some recent changes in DoD recruitment strategies that seek to get with the times, as it were. But where those changes were made to stave off dwindling rosters of soldiers at CYBERCOM, the House proposal for 2018 includes the creation of a brand new military branch.

Don’t get your hopes up too high about becoming a space marine quite yet. But if the House of Representatives’ version of the 2018 defense budget goes through, you may soon be able to enlist in the US Space Corps.

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has breathed new life into those old plans by including a provision in the House version of the 2018 US defense budget that would create a separate military service dedicated to the cause of space as a warfare domain: the US Space Corps. It would also create a separate joint command, the US Space Command, breaking the role out of the US Strategic Command much in the way that was done with the US Cyber Command.

The biggest surprise in all of this might well be that it took this long, actually. Cyber Command’s battleground is mere decades old, whereas we have been exploring space for more than half a century. Still, there is something unnerving about formalizing Earth’s place at the cosmic table as a potential war theater. That said, the proposal does enjoy the rare consensus of bi-partisan support and it’s not difficult to understand why. More than ever, we rely on assets outside of our immediate atmosphere to power all sorts of things key to our national security and power. The branch that currently oversees space defense and strategy, the Air Force, is no longer seen as capable of handling the job.

There’s been nothing shortsighted about this. We started working on it vigorously in September, and we’ve had countless meetings with a number of experts who have advised us as to how this should be construed. GAO has done three studies on this, all of which tell us that you cannot maintain the current organizational construct of the Air Force and solve the acquisition problems and the operational problems that we have. The Air Force is like any other bureaucracy. They don’t want to change.

At some level, this was inevitable. We are humans and, where we go, we fight. So don your helmets and fire up that chainsaw, future space marines, because the next battleground may be the inky blackness of the void. If so, it seems the House of Representatives, at least, wants to be prepared for it.

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Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

To win what?

So we won the cold war by making it too expensive for non capitalist societies to continue to compete. Now we are going to militarize space with what as a goal? Being able to kill countries where our weapons are out of range of the ‘enemy’, or a second phase of the cold war win, out spend em, capitalist or not. And with our tax dollars in the boondoggle know as DoD Procurement.

How much is currently spent on weapons systems that don’t work, and how much will be spent on systems that will fail in this endeavor?

Hugh Jasohl (profile) says:

Re: To win what?

China is advancing in space in a big way. They have enough launches planned over the next 18 months to militarize space if they wanted too and war spending is always on a capable of doing basis, not a verified as doing basis.

We aren’t saying much in the news about it, but Russia has been replaced by China as the main cold war threat.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: To win what?

Cold war, space war, war against China, war against Russia, war against Islam and the Muslims, war against immigrants, you american idiots know no other word than war?

There is no cold war, not with Russia not with China, they are both fully capitalist nations.

“China is advancing in space”

So? That means America should run for military action huh? Stupidity everywhere.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: To win what?

That is exactly the point, get more dollars from tax payers to stupid “defense” budgets, to protect american sheeple from those evil russians, chinese, muslism, immigrants, and now aliens. Poor american people, live always scared of an enemy, always scared of a threat created bu their own government and propaganda machines, just to send more dollars to the defense and military contractors, all while the average wage has remained stagnant for the last 40-50 years, while income inequality keeps breaking record levels, while millions live on food stamps and are considered poor.

More tax payer dollars for defense while the rest of the population is expected to set into “Austherity” mode, because there is no money.

Christenson says:

How to reduce the bureaucracy?

“..all of which tell us that you cannot maintain the current organizational construct of the Air Force and solve the acquisition problems and the operational problems that we have. The Air Force is like any other bureaucracy. They don’t want to change.”

So how do you shed the useless Air Force bureaucracy? Seems creating a “space command” does nothing to trim this waste.

Not that we don’t have a looming and thorny problem of orbiting debris….

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: How to reduce the bureaucracy?

I came to say that arguably the Air Force is the least suited to command a Space Corps. The Air Force mainly wants to fly fast fighter jets.

Arguably the Navy is more suited to command a Space Corps. Space stations would be more analogous to ships at sea than fighter jets and the Navy has decades of experience maintaining hundreds of ships at sea for months at a time.

Anonymous Coward says:

What I wonder about is how we can go about doing this without violating the treaty that forbids the militarization of space.

Also, it is great to see that the magnificent Timothy Geigner has an interest in Warhammer, you sir, have easily achieved the rather lowly position of my favorite writer on this site.

Wendy Cockcroft (user link) says:

Re: Re:

Yes, but space. Spaaaaacccccce!

Jokes aside, the space race has resulted in handy inventions we use every day, e.g. velcro, so it’s not completely wasteful. I must agree that it is a massive money suck probably best left to the market since we’ve got so many problems here on Earth to be dealing with.

It’s a hell of a distraction, though.

Roger Strong (profile) says:

Other countries are responding accordingly.

Canada’s Governor General represents the Queen as Canada’s head of state, and holds the title of Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces.

Today the Queen appointed a new Governor General of Canada. One who has been to the International Space Station. Twice.

So now the Queen is appointing military leaders, viceregal representatives to her colonies and territories, who have astronaut experience. I sense a new round of expansionist imperialism.

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