39 thoughts on “Adventures in the Space Force

  1. IG-88A says:

    “Trump Considers Firing Air Force Chief Over Space Force Pushback” (Foreign Policy 10/4/18) https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/10/04/trump-considers-ousting-air-force-head-over-space-force-pushback/ President Trump is peeved with Heather Wilson over her handling of his directive to stand up a separate Space Force in the U.S. military, and he’s considering ousting her after the midterm elections, three sources with knowledge of the matter told Foreign Policy. Wilson recently angered Trump as well as Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, Defense Secretary James Mattis’s second in command, with what is seen as a campaign to undermine the Space Force effort, the sources said.

  2. Done deal says:

    Donald Trump has officially ordered the creation of Space Command at the Pentagon – the first step on the way to a US Space Force – an organization that could cost around $800 million over the next five years. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/space-command-us-force-trump-military-memorandum-a8689721.html “A new era of American national security in space begins today,” Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

  3. Hanger Queen says:

    A Senate panel on Thursday raised a long list of reservations to a Trump administration plan to create Space Force as a new military branch that could require $500 million in annual funding. https://warisboring.com/space-force-faces-senate-panels-skepticism-concerns/ Among Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed, the committee’s ranking Democrat’s concerns, Space Force would see the military’s highest ratio of headquarters personnel to its overall servicemember population. For example, the Air Force has an estimated 320,000 airmen to its 2,300 headquarters personnel, while the Space Force ratio would be 16,500 to 1,000, he said.

  4. Tom Corbett says:

    A key House panel has rejected the Trump administration’s plan to create Space Force, a sixth branch of the U.S. military focused on orbital operations. https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2019/05/house-panel-rejects-space-force/157139/ The proposal “leaves many unanswered questions and lacks important details and supporting analysis to justify the proposed size, scope, cost, roles, and authorities for the new military service,” members of the Democrat-led House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee said in their report on the 2020 budget proposal. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20190521/109534/HMKP-116-AP00-20190521-SD002.pdf
    That markup reflects the subcommittee’s decisions last week to: Approve $15 million “to study and refine plans for the potential establishment of a Space Force”; Reject the Pentagon’s $72.4 million proposal to put together a Space Force headquarters staff at the Pentagon in fiscal 2020 and Approve $70 million to fund U.S. Space Command, the new combatant command for space warfighting.
    The full House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to review the defense budget on Tuesday.

  5. Update says:

    “Congress, White House near deal to create Space Force in exchange for paid leave for federal workers : Approval would come as part of defense authorization bill in Congress” https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/12/06/congress-white-house-near-deal-create-space-force-exchange-paid-leave-federal-workers/
    “Donald Trump may get his space force – in deal for federal paid parental leave : Military and civilian workers could get 12 weeks of paid leave / Ivanka Trump hails ‘HUGE’ step but deal not yet done” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/07/donald-trump-space-force-deal-federal-workers-paid-parental-leave

  6. Ta-da! says:

    The force only has one member so far, Jay Raymond, a general and commander of the newly created branch of the military. Some active duty airmen currently in the Air Force’s already-existing Space Command will be assigned to the new branch but will remain in the Air Force for the time being, officials have said and 5,000 to 6,000 personnel out of the current 16,000 will eventually be transferred to the Space Force, according to a senior US Air Force official.
    The Trump administration has allocated $40 million to fund the force in its first year.

    United States Space Force @SpaceForceDoD 5:52 PM · Jan 17, 2020:
    The first #SpaceForce utility uniform nametapes have touched down in the Pentagon.

  7. Jr. Birdman says:

    “President Donald Trump unveiled the new US Space Force logo on Friday — which seems to boldly go where one logo has gone before.
    Trump posted an image on Twitter of the insignia for the newest branch of the US military, drawing immediate comparisons of the new logo to the “Star Trek” Starfleet Starship duty insignia. The logo is also similar to the insignia of the Air Force Space Command, which was the precursor to the Space Force, hosting 16,000 active duty airmen and civilians.
    “After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!” the 45th President tweeted.”
    Maj. William Russell, a separate Space Force spokesperson, said Trump was the one who chose the new logo from a series of options presented by the Department of the Air Force.
    In December, when Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, Gen. John Raymond, the previous commander of US Space Command and Air Force Space Command, told reporters “it’s going to be really important that we get this right. A uniform, a patch, a song, it gets to the culture of a service, and so we’re not going to be in a rush to get something and not do that right.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/24/politics/space-force-star-trek-logo-donald-trump/index.html
    Side by side comparison of the two logos:

  8. Z man says:

    The United States Space Force, the newest branch of the US military hewn from the Department of Defense’s space-focused units under instructions from President Donald Trump, has a lot to do in order to establish itself. Among other things, the service’s leadership needs to decide what to call its members and each of its ranks (which, unlike “airman” and “seaman,” needs to be gender neutral). https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/02/spacey-mcspaceface-space-force-tries-crowdsourcing-term-for-members/
    In a Space Force email posted to an Air Force enlisted group on Facebook, Chief Master Sergeant Amber Mitchell—a senior enlisted leader on the staff of the United States Space Force—reached out to enlisted members of the nascent service for the purpose of “crowdsourcing your best ideas” on a number of topics essential to establishing the force’s identity. See https://www.facebook.com/AirForceForum/posts/1484514338388868?__tn__=-R

    Artifactual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bWLUMP8r5I&feature=emb_logo

  9. Ka-ching! says:

    (Dec 22, 2020): “The massive $2.3 trillion appropriations package Congress passed for fiscal year 2021 provides $696 billion for the Defense Department, including $15.2 billion for the U.S. Space Force.
    Space Force funding includes $2.4 billion for operations and maintenance, $2.3 billion for procurement and $10.5 billion for RDT&E.
    Compared to the Pentagon’s budget request, Congress slightly reduced Space Force procurement from $2.4 billion to $2.3 billion but increased RDT&E from $10.3 billion to $10.5 billion.
    Congress also added $15 million for “tactically responsive launch,” a program for which the Pentagon did not request any money.” https://spacenews.com/omnibus-spending-bill-gives-space-force-its-first-separate-budget/

    (Sept 12, 2020): “The $22 million for Tactically Responsive Space Launch was added to the Air Force’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) account. “The committee believes that demonstrating tactically responsive launch operations that leverage new and innovative commercial capabilities will enable Department of Defense space domain mission assurance and strategic deterrence objectives,” said the committee’s draft report accompanying the markup.
    Appropriators noted that a “coherent tactically responsive launch concept of operations is needed to address tactics, techniques, and procedures and support operationally relevant satellite reconstitution demonstrations and pilot programs.” https://spacenews.com/senate-appropriators-add-22m-for-small-launch-approve-72m-space-force-request/

  10. Update says:

    A Space Force Commander was fired after comments made on conservative podcasts about diversity and Marxism https://www.businessinsider.com/space-force-commander-fired-for-comments-made-in-podcasts-about-diversity-marxism-2021-5
    Conservative Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida tweeted Sunday that he would be “seeking action on this in the Armed Services Committee” though he did not specify what that action could be.
    “Lt. Col. Lohmeier is a Patriot telling the truth about the attempted wokeification of our military – and worse,” Gaetz wrote. “His demotion is clearly retaliatory.” https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/15/politics/space-force-lohmeier-fired-after-comments/index.html

  11. Plan 9 says:

    Space Force Detects Mystery Object in Orbit Alongside Chinese Satellite
    They’re calling it an “apogee kick motor,” but the object’s true identity and purpose remain unknown. https://gizmodo.com/space-force-detects-mystery-object-in-orbit-alongside-c-1848016044
    China’s Shijian-21 spacecraft, a satellite with the stated purpose of cleaning up space junk, has an orbital companion, but we’re not entirely sure what it is.
    On Nov. 1* U.S. Space Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron (SPCS) cataloged a new object alongside Shijian-21 with the international designator 2021-094C. The object is noted as a rocket body and more precisely an apogee kick motor (AKM), used in some launches for a satellite to circularize and lower the inclination of its transfer orbit and enter geostationary orbit.
    Apogee kick motors usually perform a final maneuver after satellite separation so as to not pose a threat to active satellites through risk of collision. However both Shijian-21 and the SJ-21 AKM are side by side in geostationary orbit. https://spacenews.com/an-object-is-now-orbiting-alongside-chinas-shijian-21-debris-mitigation-satellite/

  12. Rehearsal Space says:

    “The US Space Force installed a high tech new radar system this week that it says will be able to detect objects the size of baseballs in orbit.
    The massive monitoring system, dubbed the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), is located at the Clear Space Force Base near Fairbanks, Alaska, according to The Anchorage Daily News [link]. The radar is slated to support the US missile defense system and provide reconnaissance data in space.
    The testing phase of the LRDR system will now take at least another year, with its operational date slated for 2023.” https://futurism.com/the-byte/space-force-radar-system
    See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Range_Discrimination_Radar

  13. Space Ace says:

    “Senate must back creation of ‘Space National Guard’ to end a needless division” (Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Marco Rubio) https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/commentary/2022/07/14/senate-must-back-creation-of-space-national-guard-to-end-a-needless-division/
    …the Office of Management and Budget cited an annual price tag of “up to $500 million annually” as its reason for opposing a Space National Guard in last year’s defense bill. But that was a Congressional Budget Office estimate to create a Space Guard vastly larger than anyone is proposing.
    Similarly, the CBO estimates it would cost $100 million annually and $20 million in construction to shift existing Air Guard space units into a Space Guard.

  14. Semper Supra says:

    Florida Man Arrested Trying to Warn Space Force Guardians of Alien-Dragon War https://www.military.com/daily-news/2022/07/25/florida-man-accused-of-driving-space-force-base-stolen-truck-warn-of-aliens.html
    The incident took place outside of Patrick Space Force Base in Brevard County, Florida.
    According to arrest records, Corey Allan Johnson explained that the President in his head needed him to drive to Patrick Air Force base to warn the guardians. “He was told by the President he needed to tell the government there were U.S. aliens fighting with Chinese dragons.”
    The incident outside of the base comes two months after a man was killed outside of New Boston Space Force Station on May 13.
    Michael Foley, 33 — a civilian not connected to the Space Force — was fatally shot on Galaxy Way, an access road that leads to the remote station in New Hampshire. A local police officer and a “contracted security officer” were involved in the incident.

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