I should call the whole thing 'CSAR' and be down with it, but...not this time.
Anyways, there has been a huge backlash over the proposed US Space Force. Some of it has to do with the fact we need an official 'cyber force' more.
Some of it has to do with the idealism that space shouldn't be used for war, ever. Others, probably the majority, just plain want to attack the
President. There are legitimate reasons actually have a separate space force.
The first reason is internal. Space, whether we like it or not, is a legitimate domain for warfare. The US military has become wildly dependent on
space based assets to conduct our methods of fighting. Whether its as simple as GPS to the communications the satellites give us or the intelligence
the intelligence assets in space provide, our military needs a guaranteed access to space and to be able to defend itself there. Likewise we need to
be able to deny access to space to anyone we are at war with. This doesn't mean having Battlestar Galactica, the USS Enterprise or an
. There are better ways to do either of those than that. Being to
defend and dominate space has become too important.
Secondly, the US Military, while becoming increasingly dependent on space, keeps screwing up its ability to defend and dominate space. For the last
25 years, the US military has worked on the assumption they will always have free access to space and our enemies will leave us alone up there. That
has been demonstrated to be false (see below), but the US military has shown it doesn't want to be bothered with more than a handful of niche
satellite types: communications, some intelligence and the GPS units. In fact, many communications contracts have been given to civilian satellite
companies rather than the military having their own. This has included foreign national satellites. other than when supporting their immediate
needs, the US military doesn't want to spend the money away from their core missions: the air force wants to fly; the army wants to shoot; and the
navy wants to sail. Congress has pushed and hard for about 4 years for the military to clean up their act. The last two they have proposed either a
Space Corps within the US Air Force much like the Marine Corps is within the US Navy, technically, or an independent space force. The Pentagon has
resisted. Congress and the President have had enough. And there is good reason.
China has been testing
numerous weapons to kill satellites. In 2006, the Chinese fired
a laser on an American satellite. In 2007, China fired an antisatellite missile from the ground and smashed into one of their own satellites. This
caused a huge cloud of debris and actually inspired the movie of Gravity, even if it was waaaay over the top. China has also made microsatellites that
can impact with others nations' satellites and destroy them: in 2011, a Chinese microsat flew dangerously close to the International Space Station.
Tests by the Chinese on antisatellite weapons has continued through at least February 2018.
Russia has not been idle either. The Russians actually made the Russian Air Force a branch of the Russian Aerospace Force on August 1, 2015. The
Russian Aerospace Force was the first 'space force,' years before the US began creating one. Recently, the Russians
a matryoshka satellite, that has been
acting strangely. The Russians have stated it is for inspecting other nations' satellites. This satellite has been letting out smaller satellites with
an unclear purpose. They seem to have launched up to
. Additionally, in Russia tested antisatellite missiles named
in Nov 2015, May 2016, December 2016 and March 2018. Finally, the Russians
claim to have developed
satellites as well and have a dedicated laser test
for the same.
India and Israel have stated they are working on ASAT weapons as well. Other nations may want to do so as well. While it IS rocket science, if you
can build a rocket, in the simplest way, you can load it with ball bearings and have it explode such that the orbital velocity of the satellite causes
it to be destroyed. That, honestly, is pretty "easy" to do.
When you factor in the fact many nations are working on hypersonic weapons, space is going to become even more critical: the satellite constellation
needed to detect and track hypersonic weapons is going to
. Punch a hole in that and now you
have missiles that can reach targets without being seen from thousands of miles away in a handful of minutes. And you have no idea if it is carrying
a nuke or not.
If anything, the US Space Force has been overdue for a long, long time. is it the ideal way to handle the problem of the Pentagon not doing the job
properly in space? Possibly not. However, when you can't get someone to do something for a long time, you are going to finally throw in the towel
and get someone else to do it. Congress and the President decided they were tired of waiting and are going to get someone else for the job now. That
'someone' is the US Space Force. We hope.
FWIW, here's the initial report:
& ATS doesn't like the link for some reason) in support by the Pentagon. After it was flogged.
1. I actually loathe him, but just because you hate someone doesn't mean they are going to automatically wrong all the time.
18-8-2018 by anzha because: link issues again