Defense Secretary James Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence Space Force Speech…

In 2017, President Trump established his National Space Council, a body of senior officials charged with developing modern policies for commercial and international space utilization. On March 23, 2018, President Trump announced his National Space Strategy, which recognizes that America’s competitors have turned space into a warfighting domain, and charts a whole-of-government approach to maintaining America’s leadership in space.

On June 18, 2018, President Trump directed the Department of Defense to immediately begin the important process of establishing Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.  Defense Secretary James Mattis introduces Vice President Mike Pence today:

[Transcript] The Pentagon – Arlington, Virginia, 11:17 A.M. EDT: THE VICE PRESIDENT: Secretary Mattis, Deputy Secretary Shanahan, General Selva, General Goldfein, members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, and all the men and women of the United States Department of Defense who each and every day oversee the greatest military in the history of the world: Thank you for all you do every day for the American people. (Applause.)

It is my great honor, Mr. Secretary, to join you here today at the Pentagon. And let me begin by bringing greetings from your Commander-in-Chief, who has from the very earliest days of this administration proved himself to be a great champion of the Armed Forces of the United States, committed to strengthening American security here on Earth and in space. I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. (Applause.)

In his Inaugural Address to the nation, President Trump proclaimed that the United States stands, in his words, “at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space.”

And since day one of our administration, this President has kept his promise to restore America’s proud legacy of leadership in space, believing that space is essential to our nation’s security, prosperity, and our very way of life.

Last year, after it had lain dormant for nearly a quarter-century, President Trump revived the National Space Council to reinvigorate and coordinate space activities across our government.

It is my great honor, as Vice President, to serve as the Chairman of the National Space Council. And I’m pleased to report that President Trump has already signed three new space policy directives to reorient our space program toward human exploration, unleash America’s burgeoning commercial space companies, and safeguard our vital space assets with new space traffic management policy.

But as Commander-in-Chief, 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, [and] air, and sea.”

And just as we’ve done in ages past, the United States of America, under his leadership, will meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield with American ingenuity and strength to defend our nation, protect our people, and carry the cause of liberty and peace into the next great American frontier.

In 1939, at the start of the Second World War, the U.S. Army Air Corps was still a fledgling organization. But as Nazi air forces bombed their way from Warsaw to London, our military commanders took decisive action then to meet that new threat head on.

By 1945, the American military had nearly 30 times the number of planes, and 85 times the number of pilots and support crews compared to just six years earlier.

America and our allies emerged victorious from World War II because of the strength of our armed forces, and because our armed forces adapted to meet the emerging threats of the day. We knew that airpower had forever changed the nature of war, so we marshaled the resources and the will to build the most powerful air force the world had ever seen.

And just two years after that terrible conflict, our nation created a new branch of service to secure American dominance in the skies for generations to come with the creation of the United States Air Force.

Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces, to prepare for the next battlefield where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people and to our nation. The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.

And that’s what brings us here today. Seven weeks ago, President Trump directed the Department of Defense “to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”

The President made it clear that our ultimate objective is to create a new branch of our military that is separate from, and equal to, five other branches.

Today, the Department of Defense will release a report outlining the first stages of our administration’s plan to implement the President’s guidance and turn his vision into a reality.

This report reviews the national security space activities within the Department of Defense, and it identifies concrete steps that our administration will take to lay the foundation for a new Department of the Space Force.

Now, to be clear, the Space Force will not be built from scratch because the men and the women who run and protect our nation’s space programs today are already the best in the world. And since the dawn of the Space Age, America has remained the best in space. (Applause.)

Over the past 60 years, the United States has assembled the largest and most sophisticated constellation of military and intelligence satellites in the world.

We’ve pioneered the technology to leverage American power in space here on Earth, and give our warfighters the intelligence that they need, and give our intelligence community the information they need to maintain a strategic advantage wherever our warfighters are operating.

Across this Department and our intelligence agency, there are literally tens of thousands of military personnel, civilians, and contractors operating and supporting our space systems, and together they’re the eyes and the ears of America’s warfighters around the globe. And they do a remarkable job.

I’ve seen their work firsthand. I’ve traveled across the country to meet with the men and women who are fighting for America’s future in space in my first year and a half on this job, from the airmen of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, whose fleet of surveillance, navigation, and communication satellites increase the agility, precision, and effectiveness of our armed forces; to the engineers of the Missile Defense Agency at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama who are forging the next generation of rockets to strengthen our missile defense; to the many other bases and facilities across the country where our men and women in uniform work together with our intelligence community and our allies to protect our people, our nation, and our interests around the world.

And over the past 18 months, President Trump and our entire administration have taken decisive action to strengthen American power in space as well.

President Trump recently signed the largest investment in our national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan. (Applause.) And that new Defense budget included new resources for two cutting-edge military communications satellites and nearly $1 billion for our space defense programs. And today, we renew the President’s call on the Congress of the United States to invest an additional $8 billion in our space security systems over the next five years.

The men and women of this Department have also taken historic steps to secure American leadership in space. At the direction of Secretary Mattis, the Department of Defense is fielding a new generation of jam-resistant GPS and communications satellites and new missile-warning satellites that are smaller, tougher, and more maneuverable than ever before.

And while these steps have been vital to our national defense, they’re really only a beginning. They’re only a beginning of meeting the rising security threats our nation faces in space today and in the future. As President Trump has said, in his words, “It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space; we must have American dominance in space.” And so we will. (Applause.)

And that’s precisely why we’re beginning the process of establishing a Space Force as the sixth branch of our armed forces. Just as in the past, when we created the Air Force, establishing the Space Force is an idea whose time has come.

The space environment has fundamentally changed in the last generation. What was once peaceful and uncontested is now crowded and adversarial. Today, other nations are seeking to disrupt our space-based systems and challenge American supremacy in space as never before.

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.

But recently, our adversaries have been working to bring new weapons of war into space itself. 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 militarize 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.

Both China and Russia have been conducting highly sophisticated on-orbit activities that could enable them to maneuver their satellites into close proximity of ours, posing unprecedented new dangers to our space systems.

Both nations are also investing heavily in what are known as hypersonic missiles designed to fly up to five miles per second at such low altitudes that they could potentially evade detection by our missile-defense radars. In fact, China claimed to have made its first successful test of a hypersonic vehicle just last week.

China and Russia are also aggressively working to incorporate anti-satellite attacks into their warfighting doctrines. In 2015, China created a separate military enterprise to oversee and prioritize its warfighting capabilities in space.

As their actions make clear, our adversaries have transformed space into a warfighting domain already. And the United States will not shrink from this challenge. (Applause.) Under President Trump’s leadership, we will meet it head on to defend our nation and build a peaceful future here on Earth and in space.

America will always seek peace in space as on the Earth. But history proves that peace only comes through strength. And in the realm of outer space, the United States Space Force will be that strength in the years ahead. (Applause.)

Now, the report the Department of Defense will release today, that Secretary Mattis just referenced, represents a critical step toward establishing the Space Force as the sixth branch of our armed forces. It actually identifies four actions that we will take to evolve our space capabilities, and they are built on the lessons of the past.

We all remember the hard lesson learned in the early 1980s, as the tragic debacle of Desert One took place. Eight American patriots fell in the line of duty while trying to rescue their fellow Americans who were being held hostage in Iran.

In the wake of that failed mission, America resolved to ensure that our joint warfighters would always have the training, coordination, and leadership they needed to accomplish their missions. And the steps that our nation took in the years that followed paved the way for the creation of the United States Special Operations Command.

Since that time, this vital combatant command has directed our Special Operations Forces to become the most effective and lethal fighting force in the history of the world. (Applause.) Our Special Operations Forces, through this unified command, have been defending our security and advancing interests, as they do to this very hour, in every corner of the globe.

Along those same lines, today’s report calls for the creation of a new unified combatant command for space: The United States Space Command.

This new command structure for the physical domain of space, led by a four-star flag officer, will establish unified command and control for our Space Force operations, ensure integration across the military, and develop the space warfighting doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures of the future.

The second step this report calls for is the creation of an elite group of joint warfighters specializing in the domain of space who will form the backbone of the nation’s newest armed service: Space Operations Force.

Just like our Special Operations Forces, a Space Operations Force will draw men and women from across the military and will grow into their own unique and cohesive community. They’ll support the combatant commands by providing space expertise in times of crisis and conflict.

Third, this report calls for the creation of a new joint organization, the Space Development Agency, that will ensure the men and women of the Space Force have the cutting-edge warfighting capabilities that they need and deserve.

While our adversaries have been busy weaponizing space, too often we have bureaucratized it. And over time, our ability to adapt to new and emerging threats has been stifled by needless layers of red tape.

The Space Development Agency will break free from ineffective and duplicative bureaucratic structures to focus on innovation, experimentation, and forging the technologies of the future.

The men and women of the Department of Defense have pioneered some of the most groundbreaking discoveries in our armed forces that literally have revolutionized our national defense in times of need, from General Schriever’s creation of the intercontinental ballistic missile to Admiral Rickover’s development of the Navy’s nuclear enterprise.

And now we must do our part to make bold breakthroughs, strengthen America’s industrial base, and deliver the cutting-edge warfighting capabilities faster than our adversaries could ever imagine. And that’s exactly what Americans will do. (Applause.)

Finally, this report calls for clear lines of responsibility and accountability to manage the process of standing up and scaling up the United States Department of the Space Force.

Creating a new branch of the military is not a simple process. It will require collaboration, diligence, and above all, leadership. As challenges arise, deadlines approach, there must be someone in charge who can execute, hold others accountable, and be responsible for the results.

So we will create a single civilian position, reporting to the Secretary of Defense, to oversee the growth and expansion of this new branch of service. This position will be a new Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space. And this leader will be key to the critical transition to a fully independent Secretary of the Space Force in the years ahead.

President Trump and I are grateful — truly grateful to Secretary Mattis for this Department’s diligence in preparing this report. And our administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations, with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by the year 2020.

Ultimately, Congress must act to establish this new Department which will organize, train, and equip the United States Space Force.

Our administration is already working with leaders in the Congress to do just that. We’re building bipartisan support for our plan, working closely with committee counterparts like Congressman Mac Thornberry, and Congressman Adam Smith, and Congressman Mike Rogers, and Congressman Jim Cooper.

Next February, in the President’s budget, we will call on the Congress to marshal the resources we need to stand up the Space Force.

And before the end of next year, our administration will work with the Congress to enact the statutory authority for the Space Force in the National Defense Authorization Act.

Our nation’s armed forces have always been the vanguard of advancing American leadership here on Earth and beyond. And the Space Force is the next and the natural evolution of American military strength.

The first American rockets in space were launched by our military. The first American satellites to orbit the Earth were on reconnaissance missions, peering behind the Iron Curtain. The first Americans to step forward to venture into the unknown were the world’s greatest aviators and test pilots from the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marine Corps.

And the next generation of Americans to confront the emerging threats in the boundless expanse of space will be wearing the uniform of the United States of America as well. (Applause.)

And I’ll promise you, your Commander-in-Chief is going to continue to work tirelessly toward this goal, and we expect you all to do the same.

And to all the men and women of this Department: This is the moment. Now is the time to act quickly, using all the tools at your disposal to lead our nation forward with President Trump’s vision to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

There is much work to do. Success will demand the very best of each of you. So be bold, be creative, unencumbered by the past or the status quo. And remember, when it comes to defending our nation and protecting our way of life, the only thing we can’t afford is inaction. The American people deserve our very best, and they will have it.

As the President will discuss in further detail in the days ahead, the United States Space Force will strengthen our security, it will ensure our prosperity, and it will also carry American ideals into the boundless expanse of space.

While other nations increasingly possess the capability to operate in space, not all of them share our commitment to freedom, to private property, and the rule of law. So as we continue to carry American leadership in space, so also will we carry America’s commitment to freedom into this new frontier. (Applause.)

So this is the moment. Now is the time to do as Americans have always done in ages past, to lead with strength and a pioneering spirit into the future. And under the leadership of President Trump, our Commander-in-Chief, we will take the first bold steps to ensure our security on Earth and in outer space with renewed American strength.

And as we embark, we do so with faith. Faith in all of you who have answered the call to serve in the uniform of the United States of America at such a time as this in the life of our nation. Faith to all the incredible civilian personnel who serve here in the Department of Defense with equal devotion to our nation.

And we do so with that other kind of faith as well. And just as generations of Americans have carried those who have taken to the skies in the defense of freedom borne upon their prayers, I want to assure all of you, who will be called to this enterprise, that you can be confident. You can be confident that you will go with the prayers of millions of Americans who will claim on your behalf, as generations have claimed before, those ancient words, that if you “rise on the wings of the dawn, if [you] settle on the far side of the sea,” even if you go up to the heavens, “even there His hand will guide [you], His right hand will hold [you] fast.” And He will hold fast this great nation in the great beyond.

So thank you for your service to the country for all of you who have been called to serve in our armed forces. With your unwavering commitment, with the courage of our men and women in uniform, with the continued support of the American people, with the vision and leadership of our Commander-in Chief, and with God’s help, I know we will give America the defense she needs here on Earth and in the outer reaches of space.

Thank you. And God bless you. And God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

END

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132 Responses to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence Space Force Speech…

  1. Piggy says:

    This will expand the government but I’m OK with it. (shrink the rest!) I believe “Space” should be our next big thing. It’s technology that truly changes economics and the country and people that control that technology controls the future. At least for a little while.

    The manufacturing and building of space based assets will hopefully create new legitimate value streams. New jobs. New ideas for America.I hope this works out.

    Get to Mars.

    Liked by 11 people

    • wendy forward says:

      There are few people in this world – or universe – cooler than Mad Dog. He is just cool.

      Liked by 7 people

    • “Perplexing Apollo Questions for NASA” at FauxScienceSlayer(.)com

      Doubtful we ever landed on the Moon. The History Channel had an informative video on Directed Energy Weapons in 2008. The limits of Physics have not changed since then.

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      • 4EDouglas says:

        What about the tracks an pats of our efforts on the moon? photo proof by orbiters.
        Take your tinfoil an peddle it else where.
        May you meet Buzz Aldrin in an alley some time..

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      • Paul Killinger says:

        I dunno. Some would contend this announcement was only publicly previewing our already existing technologies.

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        • Paul Killinger says:

          The “limits’ of physics haven’t changed, of course. But our understanding of physics improves all the time.

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        • VinceWhirlwind says:

          Go out in the country on a clear night, away from city lights and spend some time looking up.

          We (or someone)….are already up there zipping around in space. Don’t look for a press release though. Go see for yourself.

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          • Rodney Short says:

            I live in the northern tip of the Rewood National Forest on the Yurok Indian Reservation in Northern California snugled in 240,000 acres of forest and at night I see things more because of the darkness.
            Every night I can see anywhere from 20 to 50 satelites fly overhead,these are historical times we live in for sure.

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      • L. E. Joiner says:

        “Doubtful we ever landed on the Moon.”

        As the late Jerry Williams used to say, about his whackiest callers, “They’re out there!”

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    • Albert Lazar says:

      Can I join Snake Force? That’s all I’m really good for.

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    • VeritasVincit says:

      Well said, piggy. It is time for a Space Force, and we will all benefit from its formation, progress, and defense. Many if not most of our advancements and new products have come from military developments.

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    • Ozzytrumpster says:

      Didn’t noko get to be the first recipients of the “rod of god”? Which stuffed up their neuc test. Site mountain and 100ish of their scientists. Sorta hard to come back from that reversal so an extra impulse for rocket boy to come to the table.

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  2. My Wife is chompin’ at the bit to lat-move to the Space Force.

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  3. Sondra says:

    Our thanks will never be enough for these “Good Men” who serve to save our country.

    Liked by 8 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Perfectly said! General Mattis is everything you could want in a Secretary of Defense. He fears no one. He respects and admires our President and the feeling is absolutely mutual.

      VP Pence is a great man in my book! I know there are Treepers that have concerns about him. I respect their opinion. However, I don’t have any concerns. He loves his country, his family, our God and our President.

      I will be the first to say that I don’t see a majority of Americans backing him if he were to run in 2024. There is a piece of me that thinks he realizes it as well. However, you couldn’t ask for a better number 2 than VP Pence!

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  4. Minnie says:

    🙏🇺🇸🙏

    To infinity and beyond 🚀

    Protection of our beloved America multiplies while reducing the loss of our greatest treasure, the brave, selfless young men and women who currently serve our 5 branches of Military – Amen 🙏

    Liked by 9 people

  5. John Allen says:

    China will take it if we don’t. It needs to use Navy ranks for sure

    Liked by 3 people

  6. rashomon says:

    I’ll trade you one Dept of Ed., one Dept of Commerce, one Import-Export Bank plus the farm subsidy program for a Space Force Agency.

    Liked by 20 people

  7. MIKE says:

    Not absurd. I agree with the President that the time has come for if we don’t step up into the leadership role someone else will.
    If we could just prevent the left from selling out our IP.
    No more clintonites. Let the hangings commence

    Liked by 6 people

  8. billrla says:

    Keep an eye out for IEEDs (Improvised Extraterrestrial Explosive Devices.)

    Liked by 2 people

    • Pipefitter1289 says:

      Actually, I think I recall reading some time ago about a country (Probably Russia or China) building cheap satellites with explosives so they could get next to other satellites to blow them up! So your warning is valid!

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  9. DanO64 says:

    To infinity and beyond.

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  10. mazziflol says:

    People joked about the Airborne Rangers at first too. Let em scoff!

    Liked by 7 people

    • L4grasshopper says:

      The Rangers remained part of the Army, and still are 🙂

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      • Rhoda R says:

        I’ve read that the physical standards and training for Rangers have been degraded to allow more women to complete Ranger training. Soon the Rangers will just be another infantry outfit with a cool name.

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  11. L4grasshopper says:

    I’m not in favor of this move. Just like the Marines have an air arm, so too can tne Air Force have a “space arm”.

    All in favor of an increased emphasis on space ops and utilization. But don’t need another bureaucracy to make it happen.

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    • RoostyScoot says:

      I suspect it’s not going to be as dramatic as it sounds. I think it’s going to by like CyberCom, just a centrally coordinated satellite command center, with occasional forays into counter-satellite weaponry and space-to-ground weaponry.

      No space marines, not yet.

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    • Rudy says:

      Maybe it will be the other way around…the ‘Space Force’ becomes the Navy, and the wet Navy just part of the Navy over all. Spacecraft will, after all, be more akin to ships than aircraft.
      No matter which, I’m excited!

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    • Elizabeth Carter says:

      You may be correct, but my first impression when I read your comment was that our whole government is so compromised right now that perhaps the only way to actually fix it is to start new things with new people who won’t sell our technology all over the world because they only care about lining their own pockets. For $50,000 they will sell $5 billion to anyone.
      We need to start new things and permanently close down old things because the SES people can’t be fired it seems.

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    • trialbytruth says:

      We already have a space command within the airforce.

      This group will be responsible for supervision and repair of.our most sensitive.tech. it needs to be it’s own entity smaller and less likely to leak.

      Anyone know the physics of the force of a 1 lb projectile fired from space. I for one want the capacity to observe and remove any space based launch platforms that are not ours. It is a special place nviroment cross training will not cut it.

      My son is airforce weather and has done space weather. He also thinks this is unnecessary. But then he thought his ex-wive was a genius, which is why he voted for Hillary, so there is that.

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  12. PotP says:

    What do we call spaceborne vehicles? SFS? (Space Force Ship?)

    I propose the first, a massive space battlecruiser visible from the ground by the naked eye, should be named SFS1. The Donald J. Trump.

    As things don’t corrode in space as they do in the sea, I further propose that SFS1 be continually added to. Indefinitely. Others will follow, but let SFS1 be the largest and greatest of all. Forever.

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  13. mr.piddles says:

    I’m doing sit ups, sudoku, and NYT crossword right now. Should ace the physical and psych tests. Gonna have to break down and finally get those glasses I’ve been avoiding, though.

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  14. RoostyScoot says:

    Honestly military necessity will help push NASA to achieve its goals faster and more effectively. NASA is a slow and burdensome bureaucracy. I hope this Space Force will be filled with a new generation of Chuck Yeagers ready to risk life and limb for the greater good.

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    • snellvillebob says:

      I agree that it should not utilize the mammoth burden of NASA bureaucracy.

      Liked by 2 people

      • PotP says:

        NASA got hijacked by too many lefties and incompetent leaders (remember Dan Goldin’s “better, faster, cheaper” promise? Any professional knows you only get to pick two).

        Space Force should absolutely be .mil.

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  15. FL_GUY says:

    Anyone who knows about the history of the military branches realizes that President Trump is totally correct creating a NEW branch of service. The Air Force was split off from the US Army Air Corp for that exact reason; the Army is the Army and the Army Air Corp was secondary to Infantry and Tanks. The Air Force was needed to focus totally on air power and it worked well for the era. Now, President Trump is once again, adapting to current needs and creating a new branch that will totally focus on space. It’s a brilliant move which has become the norm under VSG President Trump.

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  16. mr.piddles says:

    Stock tip: Lockheed Martin. Raytheon. Northrop Grumman.

    Thank me later.

    Liked by 9 people

    • LafnH20 says:

      Does anyone “not think” o put some “Things” into orbit for his “Friends”…
      Or for his Legacy?!

      Or a pallet of cash…
      Or Special consideration…
      Or Access…
      Or votes to become President of the U.N…
      Or his twisted Theology
      OR…

      🤔🤔🤔
      Nah…
      Never happen…/s

      Liked by 1 person

    • LafnH20 says:

      AMEX (OA)
      😉
      Long term investment…
      Dontcha know

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    • ForGodandCountry says:

      Thank you, now.

      I hadn’t thought of that but I think it’s spot on.

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  17. Summer says:

    Space Force sounds cool and is probably necessary but I envision Muslim outreach and massively increased spying on American citizens in the future.

    A very expensive new toy. Can we get rid of some pernicious Departments so we could actually afford it?

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  18. Monadnock says:

    “new missile-warning satellites that are smaller, tougher, and more maneuverable than ever before.”

    Don’t know why the maneuverable part raised my eyebrow, but I am glad to see we don’t send up a bunch of sitting ducks…

    Liked by 3 people

    • fred2w says:

      Maneuverability would be vital to a U.S. satellite to avoid being crippled or destroyed by enemy anti-satellite weapons. Heck, this trait is valuable for space warships.

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  19. LBB says:

    Received an email today to vote for Space Force emblem. Seen someone tweet choices.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Summer says:

      Too much blue in some of them, if you know what I mean.

      Liked by 2 people

    • wendy forward says:

      My first impulse is the one on the right, but they all have a good 1960’s Modernist-Tommorowland kind of chic.

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    • PotP says:

      Nothing fired more kids’ imaginations.

      Liked by 6 people

    • Cheri Lawrence says:

      #5 has my vote, sleek and low key 🙂

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      • LBB says:

        I liked that one out of the choices. Would be better if the plume was Eagle shaped to identify whose space force it is. Pushing the rocket forward.

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      • rvsueandcrew says:

        My first thought when seeing #5 is “circus tent.” I try to have a positive attitude but, to be honest, I don’t like any of them. They look childish to me. Of course, I don’t know what would look better.

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      • Reloader says:

        I was in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in the late ’70s. Air Force tradition, including the naming of vehicles, is not at all like naming Navy ships. In the 21st century, will we choose 18th Century tradition (Navy), or 20th Century (Air Force)?
        As far as “logos” are concerned, None Of The Above would be my choice. Start Again. Maybe something not so childish? This is an example of what an appropriate “logo” should be competing with:

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    • bessie2003 says:

      In the speech the VP mentions that the official formation of the Space Force won’t happen until Congress acts, he mentioned the date of 2020.

      It would be a wonderful idea if each state held contests with their students to design an emblem, and flag, for this new military division, then each State, after selecting one winner, would submit that winning emblem, and flag design, and have the final winning designs chosen by a chosen committee in DC (either from the military, dept. of education and a smattering of, eh, politicians on the committee) –

      something like that would get young minds very interested not only in space, but in the STEM courses.

      And it would be another exercise of bringing disparate parts of the population together focusing on a positive, creative, thing, out of many, one.

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  20. Critical Mass says:

    America also has a Spaced Out Force – the left and the Dementocrats.

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  21. Gil says:

    Space force tshirts! Come n get em!

    https://www.aafnation.com/

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  22. wendy forward says:

    I’m getting one totally.

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  23. ck says:

    I like them all.

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  24. Mary No Lochmoeller says:

    We actually did land on the 🌙 moon. They put deflectors on the moon so we on earth can shoot a laser beam to the moon and it will come back to us. They have done this a lot. So the only way we can get a return signal is that someone had to install them. Also we were in a battle with Russia to see who was first to land on the moon. When we went up there, the Russians were monitoring too. If we faked the moon landing the Russians would have called us out on it.

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  25. Katherine McCoun says:

    Had no idea we were up against Russia, China and others being pressing outer space warfare. Makes me more angry that Obama turned NASA into a Muslim outreach social agency when we had real military threats in space. He did so much damage to the US, held us back and actually tried to ruin us.

    For this to move so swiftly I can only imagine the threats that we do not know about. We will all only be more grateful for President Trump as the years go on and we learn more and more!

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    • Reloader says:

      The Russians test-fired a 23mm cannon on Salyut-3 in January, 1975. The test was operated remotely, and the station crew had already departed because no one knew what the effects would be. They did fire the station’s engine to counteract the recoil of the gun. Apparently this first use of a powerful weapon in space was a success. Salyut-3 was de-orbited only days later.

      The Russians were very concerned about our Gemini capsule. Designed to fulfill USAF requirements, Gemini had significant maneuvering capability on-orbit. It was capable of changing orbits from the inclination determined by a launch from Florida, to the inclination of a launch from Baikonur/Tyuratam, Plesetsk or Kapustin Yar. This meant Gemini could intercept any Russian spacecraft. The pitiful capability of Soyuz in orbital spaceflight is insignificant compared to Gemini. Even the Space Shuttle could not accomplish orbital maneuvers that Gemini was capable of. Scared the crap out of the Russians.

      A separate Space Force will finally free Air Force efforts from NASA. It is my understanding that the Boeing X-37B is an orbital spaceplane developed by the Air Force without NASA involvement. But it must be launched with NASA help, AFAIK.

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  26. tuskyou says:

    May The Space Force Be With You
    😎 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸😎

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  27. Kirk, I mean VSGPOTUSDJT is going where no man has gone before!

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  28. abdiesus says:

    “..advancing American leadership here on Earth and beyond.”
    Did anyone else get chills at this line? 😀

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  29. Cheri Lawrence says:

    Well it appears space has been weaponized as well. We have rebuilt the Chinese economy and they have built weapons in space. I also believe our big tech anti-american giants in silicon valley had big plans to control us with 5G directed energy weapons from space and quantum computing weaponized to track us and mess with our DNA, minds and human energy system. Interesting no mention was made of NASA. So I thank God this is all out in the open now and we can bring the Trump doctrine of peace through strength by eliminating all these anti human demons who have been funding all this corruption and world dominance agendas with our tax dollars.

    It is an exciting time for future generations when we can open up new frontiers with leadership operating in full integrity not to mention the jobs to build and run these state of the art systems and vehicles of space exploration. Where unfettered competition brings ingenuity and unleashed creativity rather than war, fear and mutual destruction. This was never supposed to be our reality and now we are back to fulfilling our destiny and utilizing all the gifts that God has given us to express ourselves in the full joy and bliss of anchoring and creating heaven on earth once again!!

    To infinity and beyond fellow Patriots hahahaha!!

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  30. ristvan says:

    My father was an officer c45/b29 pilot in the Army Air Corps at the end of WW2. He stayed in the military until retiring in 1963 after 21 years because he had fought in WW2 and Korea and did not want to do a 3rd war in Vietnam. The process Mattis has devised and Pence discribed is very much like the 1948? creation of the Air Force of which he became a member. Pentagon Looked at the missions of each combat arm. Marines had no aviation assets, so were ‘given’ them to support their unique missions. Navy kept theirs because of aircarft carriers. Army surrendered theirs (fighters, bombers, transport planes) to the new Air Force. Coast guard kept search and rescure aircraft. After helicopters developed, Army was allowed to develop new helo aviation assets while Coasties, Marines, and Navy just extended theirs. All very logical.
    Creation of Space Command will be following a similar logical path. I bet land based ICBMs go to Space Command from Air Force, same as bombers went from Army to Air Force. Ditto the experimental AF space plane X-37b. I bet most satellite programs go to Space Command. And at least some directed energy weapons developments will go there from Air Force and DARPA, since most useful in space. Also conceivable that some NASA stuff goes to Space Command.
    Choice of Air Force uniform was easy—sky is blue. Space Command uniforms, dunno. Maybe Melania can pitch in given her fashion sense.

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  31. 4EDouglas says:

    Somehow Heinlein is looking down and smiling:

    The Green Hills of Earth
    Let the sweet fresh breezes heal me
    As they rove around the girth
    Of our lovely mother planet
    Of the cool, green hills of Earth.

    We’ve tried each spinning space mote
    And reckoned its true worth:
    Take us back again to the homes of men
    On the cool, green hills of Earth.

    The arching sky is calling
    Spacemen back to their trade.
    ALL HANDS! STAND BY! FREE FALLING!
    And the lights below us fade.

    Out ride the sons of Terra,
    Far drives the thundering jet,
    Up leaps a race of Earthmen,
    Out, far, and onward yet —

    We pray for one last landing
    On the globe that gave us birth;
    Let us rest our eyes on the fleecy skies
    And the cool, green hills of Earth.

    ~Robert A. Heinlein

    To all here, I quote Alan B. Shepard:”Why don’t you fellows solve your little problems and-
    “Light this Candle!’

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  32. MIKE says:

    Blast from the past. When kids had imaginations.

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  33. ristvan says:

    My father was an officer c45/b29 pilot in the Army Air Corps at the end of WW2. He stayed in the military until retiring in 1963 after 21 years because he had fought in WW2 and Korea and did not want to do a 3rd war in Vietnam. The process Mattis has devised and Pence discribed is very
    much like the 1948? creation of the Air Force of which he became a member. Pentagon Looked at the missions of each combat arm. Marines had no aviation assets, so were ‘given’ them to support their unique missions. Navy kept theirs because of aircarft carriers. Army surrendered theirs (fighters, bombers, transport planes) to the new Air Force. Coast guard kept search and rescure aircraft. After helicopters developed, Army was allowed to develop new helo aviation assets while Coasties, Marines, and Navy just extended theirs. All very logical.
    Creation of Space Command will be following a similar logical path. I bet land based ICBMs go to Space Command from Air Force, same as bombers went from Army to Air Force. Ditto the experimental AF space plane X-37b. I bet most satellite programs go to Space Command. And at least some directed energy weapons developments will go there from Air Force and DARPA, since most useful in space. Also conceivable that some NASA stuff goes to Space Command.
    Choice of Air Force uniform was easy—sky is blue. Space Command uniforms, dunno. Maybe Melania can pitch in given her fashion sense.

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  34. Ausonius says:

    Guaranteed! If Dems take control in 2019, they will vote to abort this entire plan, the way they vote to kill babies.

    They will take any money allocated for a Space Force and hand it over to “the poor” or for some environmental boondoggle for “clean energy.”

    A Space Force has been needed for decades, but only President Trump has the vision and the desire to push for it. But if Dems take over Congress, or even just the House, it will be dead,

    Because the Dems absolutely and positively do NOT want America to become great again: their previous president is on record as wanting us to stop being #1, to stop leading, to start managing our decline into mediocrity and worse.

    Election 2018 is even more crucial perhaps than 2016 for our future.

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  35. das411 says:

    EVERY time i go to that museum, it pisses me off even more that Discovery is sitting in a museum, unable to fly again, with Atlantis and Endeavor in other ones…because the POtuS who spent four trillion dollars each year “couldn’t find the money” to keep them operational…

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  36. LafnH20 says:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Composition_of_lunar_soil.svg

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Moon_vs_earth_composition.svg

    Harmful effects of lunar dust…
    From the links..

    “A 2005 NASA study listed 20 risks that required further study before humans should commit to a human Mars expedition, and ranked “dust” as the #1 challenge. The report urged study of its mechanical properties, corrosiveness, grittiness, and effect on electrical systems. Most scientists think the only way to answer the questions definitively is by returning samples of Martian soil and rock to Earth well before launching any astronauts.[10]

    Although that report addressed Martian dust, the concerns are equally valid concerning lunar dust. The dust found on the lunar surface could cause harmful effects on any manned outpost technology and crew members:

    Darkening of surfaces, leading to a considerable increase in radiative heat transfer;
    Abrasive nature of the dust particles may rub and wear down surfaces through friction;
    Negative effect on coatings used on gaskets to seal equipment from space, optical lenses, solar panels, and windows as well as wiring;
    Possible damage to an astronaut’s lungs, nervous, and cardiovascular systems.
    The principles of astronautical hygiene should be used to assess the risks of exposure to lunar dust during exploration on the Moon’s surface and thereby determine the most appropriate measures to control exposure. These may include removing the sp….” lol😊

    S.T.E.M. –
    Those interested in such things as
    (United States Space Force) and ALL the opportunities that WOULD BE, imho, GAINED by obtaining them, should DEMAND a Honest Curriculum. Based on “CURRENT” Facts. Degrees which address the “Realities” of “Returning To The Void”, as an “Alternate” Curriculum (path) to Obtaining the Same HIGH Level Degree, as a more “Traditional” one.

    Less FLUFF .. 👀”Gender Studies”👀
    LOL..THAT, imho, is just Silly, folks!!

    and more …

    United States SPACE Force…. 🚀Baby!!..
    Kinda Stuff.
    🤔🤔 And possibly…
    An “Orbital Physiology” Major…
    (see above links)

    “Regolith (/ˈrɛɡəlɪθ/) is a layer of loose, heterogeneous superficial deposits covering solid rock. It includes dust, soil, broken rock, and other related materials and is present on Earth, the Moon, Mars, some asteroids, and other terrestrial planets and moons.”

    https://goo.gl/images/GRsOi0

    I’ve heard it said, as a rough estimate, that if one goes out at night, raises their arm overhead and makes a 🖒…
    The area (at arms length) of your Thumb nail.. represents the equivalent of the above “Hubble Deep Field” image.

    What we see are, for a lack of an easier explanation.., Stars.
    The light we see from some of these “Stars” has travelled a looooong time..
    To Reach US!
    Billions and Billions.. lol
    Dare I say… A While!!
    We do not see the planet or moon objects.. but I believe “Something Is There”..
    There – might be – Regolith – On a Good Many of “”them””!
    We have the Moon.
    Close.
    We have been there.. many Times.
    There be Regolith!! THERE!!

    If I thought they’d take me…
    I’d enlist in the U.S. SPACE Force!!
    Damned Skippy, I Would!!
    Imagine… Getting off this Planet…
    (HOME)
    And visiting our Daily Companion..
    Heck… I’d do it for FREE!!

    Of ALL, who have gone before US…🤔
    IMAGINE!

    We’ve Work to DO!!

    Q – Sooo… What do you do.. For a Living?
    A – Space Force..
    😒
    Q – Uhhh.. What do you do at…
    Space Force?!?
    A – I’m an Orbital Physiologist.
    🤔
    Q – What’s that!!??
    A – Space Doctor… How Being in Space
    effects our bodies.
    Stuff like that.
    A – 😎

    “How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.”
    Pablo Coehlo

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  37. L. E. Joiner says:

    I wonder if at this point we’ve enough space hardware and manpower needs to justify a new service, with all the attendant bureaucracy that will engender.

    As it is, I assume the Air Force is in charge of most space-related military activities (unless the other services have their own satellites). I think a Space Force is a sensible long-term objective, but in the short run it might suffice to change the name of the Air Force to the Air and Space Forces, just as NASA has both Aeronautics and Space in its name (and it’s currently developing a supersonic airliner). The Air Force did not split off from the Army Air Corps until 1947 or so. /LEJ

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    • LafnH20 says:

      I could be convinced it is more to do with “Gathering” all the parts and building NEW “From The Ground Up”

      Management… INCLUDED!!
      ESPECIALLY… MANAGEMENT!!!

      I can see the validity of using the Air Force…
      That said, Fresh Start seems best. Imho
      No Holdovers or Sabetours…
      Military
      Industrial
      Complex…
      And ALL That…

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  38. Doc says:

    Just please don’t have the Air Force (aka Left Force) involved. The AF has the least discipline most corporate atmosphere and when dropping a rock out your window can level a city block… or a city.. lefties need to be kept away.

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  39. IMO says:

    “The Director of National Intelligence has warned that multiple countries, including Russia and China, are developing both destructive and nondestructive antisatellite weapons that could come online within a few years.”
    “On March 23, 2018, President Trump announced his National Space Strategy, which recognizes that America’s competitors have turned space into a warfighting domain, and charts a whole-of-government approach to maintaining America’s leadership in space.”

    I see the urgency creating US Space Force. R&C would like to dominate space and hold earth hostage.

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  40. MarcusZ1967 says:

    We NEED to get back to the moon. No other resource would let us dominate this.

    Caterpillar has been working with NASA since 2004?

    https://www.caterpillar.com/en/news/caterpillarNews/innovation/nasa-caterpillar-collaboration-for-technology-advancement.html

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  41. Chickficshun says:

    I haven’t seen PDT and Mattis in any photos lately.

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  42. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “President Trump directed the Department of Defense to immediately begin the important process of establishing Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”

    Where in the U.S. Constitution is this authorized? IMO the U.S. Air Force (as well as Federal Aviation Administration, etc.) is unconstitutional, because when it was split off from the Army the constitution makes no provision for additional departments.

    There is a process in place that our founders put in place to amend the constitution when necessary. I think these are prime examples where ratification by the states is a no-brainer. Personally I am sick and tired of elected officials behaving outside the constraints of that document – no matter how good the “intentions”

    Why do we need a border patrol? The Army is suppose to be used to repel invasions. They have guns -use them. Then see how fast the illegal border crossings dry up to a trickle.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      P. S. It would be ridiculous to leave air traffic control (as well as radio wave regulation) to the 50 individual states – technologies that did not exist at the countries founding are prime examples where the Constitution should be modified.

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  43. MarcusZ1967 says:

    And we MUST not forget the past. 50 years in 2019, first steps on OUR moon.

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  44. Reloader says:

    No man Kneels who Flies on my ship.

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  45. Anonymous says:

    Space Shuttle Door Gunners really will exist now– smart-alecks should be careful what they flap their gums about.

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  46. fred2w says:

    Space Force doesn’t officially exist, and it’s already creating jobs.

    I give you “Trump’s Space Force”: The Comic Book:

    http://boundingintocomics.com/2018/07/12/chuck-dixon-and-timothy-lim-launch-trumps-space-force-indiegogo/

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