Space Force Is Necessary for Consolidation and Capability Maximization


#21

China and Russia are now aggressively challenging U.S. primacy in space — potentially threatening satellites used for military communications, targeting and ­battlefield management.

Russia and China are developing capabilities to disable our satellites.” Gen. David L. Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff, repeated like a mantra the phrase “Always the predator, never the prey,” in describing how his service views its mission in space. An arms race in space, as dreadful as that sounds, is already underway. And there’s broad agreement among analysts that the vulnerability of U.S. systems to attack is real.

“The threat is quite serious,” says Robert O. Work, who was a deputy defense secretary in the Obama administration. He notes that Russia and China have demonstrated the ability to jam space communications, blind optical sensors with lasers, launch direct-ascent anti-satellite weapons and operate co- ­orbital anti-satellite weapons.

China’s disclosures about the coming “weaponisation of space” should greatly concern US and allied defence planners. The US may soon have no choice but to change its long-held policy of not deploying arms in space. In 2007, China launched a missile that tracked and destroyed one of its own satellites — a highly provocative demonstration of China’s growing capability to militarise space. Russia has been designing an airborne laser to disrupt our space-based system. And it claims to be developing missiles that can be launched from an aircraft mid-flight to destroy American satellites.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un has taken a page from the old Soviet playbook by launching two satellites (in 2012 and 2016) that can threaten the US by – in theory, at least – attacking the US with an electromagnetic pulse as part of a surprise assault aimed at crippling the US military. The satellites would allow North Korea to play a cyber-age version of battleship

President Trump’s highest priority is the safety and security of the American people. And while, too often, previous administrations all but neglected the growing security threats emerging in space, president Trump stated clearly and forcefully that space is, in his words, ‘a warfighting domain, just like … land, air and sea.’

For many years, nations from Russia and China to North Korea and Iran have pursued weapons to jam, blind, and disable our navigation and communications satellites via electronic attacks from the ground.


#22

You mean Bush. NASA’s budgets were bigger than Bush’s during the Obama years just directed more toward R&D. So Scott, what’s a ‘space force’ going to cost, and where’s the money coming from???


#23

Average inflation over that time was about 2.5 percent… 14,000,000 in 2001 would have been a little over 17m in 2009… barely keeping up with inflation…and 1 billion of that came from ARRA for facility maintenance and upgrade…


#24

My point, Obama didn’t gut NASA as the right lied nor did he gut the military. And btw, none of our useless and oft illegal wars are in the 3/4 trillion dollars we hand over to the damn Pentagon every year, that’s ALL borrowed money.


#25

Your entire line of BS is beyond unbelievable nonsense.
Could it be that spending in 2001 was far less that 2009?
Could it be inflation was a factor?
Perhaps you should compare the amount raised during Bush’s 8 years and Obama’s 8 years, it’s embarrassing.

The total FY 2001 budget request for NASA is $14,035.3 million, an increase of $434.5 million, or 3.2 percent, over FY 2000 funding

GW Bush 2008 NASA budget:
17,309.4
Obama 2009 NASA budget:
17,614.2


#26

A response to the full montes nonsense:
Your entire line of BS is beyond unbelievable nonsense.
Could it be that spending in 2001 was far less that 2009?
Could it be inflation was a factor?
Perhaps you should compare the amount raised during Bush’s 8 years and Obama’s 8 years, it’s embarrassing.

The total FY 2001 budget request for NASA is $14,035.3 million, an increase of $434.5 million, or 3.2 percent, over FY 2000 funding

GW Bush 2008 NASA budget:
17,309.4
Obama 2009 NASA budget:
17,614.2

FYI


#27

And here, just Incase some unscrupulous poster with a black eye tries to haul out figures from some right wing rag like Brietbart, here’s the real figures for NASA’s budget from 1958 on. Note the steady increase right on through the Obama administration. Even with Bush/Obama cuts, it still increased.


#28

But still, no one can say what Trump’s ‘space force’ will cost, or where the money’s coming from…


#29

Don’t you going worrying about economics. Sit back and enjoy success


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#31

Maybe each branch will have to give up a percentage to help start it up? That’s money that’s already obligated in the Defense budget. That would do it without increasing the current budget.


#32

But y’all accused Obama of cutting what we have, shrug. RAISE TAXES.


#33

That’s kinda funny but ur still a dick for it…


#34

I just got here a few weeks ago Monte. Slow your roll. That also doesn’t address my suggestion, which is fairly middle of the road.


#35

We already have a space force, and so, I would guess , do the Russians, perhaps even the Chinese. Do you think all those launches out of Vandenburg were benign satellites? Consider how long the US flew the SR71 before the public knew about it…

The 'Rods from God" concept has been around for decades, and has quite likely either come about, or something even more interesting- laser weapons. The Israelis can shoot down rockets within seconds with its ‘Iron Dome’ system.

Perhaps Trump wants to codify what we’ve been doing for years.


#36

We need to be ahead of the game in every aspect that could possibly jeopardize our safety, if not then that makes us vulnerable. Plain and simple …


#37

Cool, ask a question…


#38

It’s not the money as you point out with the Pentagon, it is where and how it is spent. Obama cancelled the Constellation program (already a reported $10 billion and seven years in progress) and its Ares I and Ares V rockets that were to be new generation lift vehicles for both the moon and mars, the Orion spacecraft which would remove US dependency on Russia as a very expensive taxicab to space, and plans to return to the moon by canceling the Altair lunar lander and mars was put on the back burner. Congress reacted … somewhat by partially funding that Ares program. To create the appearance that America still has a space program, a project was invented to spend the next 10 to 15 years planning one single mission to a fragment of an asteroid.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said of the mission given to him by Obama…

When I became the NASA administrator, [President Obama] charged me with three things. One, he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering.

Michael Griffin, Administrator for NASA in President George W. Bush’s second term, described the Muslim outreach initiative as a “perversion” of the agency’s mission:

“NASA was chartered by the 1958 Space Act to develop the arts and sciences of flight in the atmosphere and in space and to go where those technologies will allow us to go,” Griffin said. “That’s what NASA does for the country. It is a perversion of NASA’s purpose to conduct activities in order to make the Muslim world feel good about its contributions to science and mathematics”

Left-wingers in general don’t like U.S. soldiers fighting wars; they prefer the armed forces performing social work on humanitarian missions (which always seem to get us into conflict). Sending Americans to Mars or beyond doesn’t move the leftist ball forward and it is clear that the left have no interest in how much money gets spent… as long it is on there priorities, which goes to the heart of your comment. Spending doesn’t tell the whole story…


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#40

LOL, pretty yummy except he plagiarized them from Hillary.