Today in a speech to military personnel in San Diego, California, President Donald Trump floated the idea of creating a Space Force. Perhaps the president was trying to imitate the innovative spirit that led President John F. Kennedy to boldly declare the U.S.’s intentions to go to the moon.
“‘You know, I was saying it the other day — because we’re doing a tremendous amount of work in space — I said, ‘Maybe we need a new force, we’ll call it the Space Force.’ And I was not really serious, and then I said, ‘What a great idea, maybe we’ll have to do that. That could happen,” he said.”
According to the president, he is afraid that America is “way behind” other countries, like Russia and China, who have developed their space programs into entirely separate military operations.
In Washington, though efforts to fund the program have died, President Trump may have some support for the idea. However, an impulsive move to try and beat other countries to the final frontier could be interpreted as compensation for not beating them in other areas. President Trump is very vocal about his belief that America is taken advantage of by immigrants, foreigners, and foreign governments.
Some Pentagon officials are already looking into the idea.
“Pentagon officials are also looking at how “best to posture joint space forces to support joint campaigns” and are considering creating a new command for space warfare, according to a Defense Department memo sent to Congress last week that was first reported by Defense One.”
While the president’s musings may have some merit, the topic seems off track in a military forum. Next time, he might do well to save that topic for NASA, scientists, or his gullible base.