The Pentagon has formally established the US Space Command, tasked with deterring US rivals from “challenging American space assets or operations” – and, it hopes, serving as a stepping stone to an unbiased Space Force.
“The risks to our nation continually evolve, and so should we,” President Donald Trump mentioned at a ceremony marking the institution of the navy’s 11th combatant command on Thursday. “Now people who want to hurt the United States to hunt to problem us in the final word excessive floor of area – it’s gonna be an entire completely different ball recreation.”
The final aim of Space Command – and the Space Force Trump and the Pentagon hope it is going to turn out to be – is to have the capability to “degrade, deny, disrupt, destroy, and manipulate adversary capabilities to guard US pursuits, belongings, and lifestyle,” in keeping with inner paperwork. After years of watching its rivals transferring effortlessly by area – NASA depends on Russian expertise to ferry its astronauts to the International Space Station, whereas China has crushed the US to the dark aspect of the moon – the US needs revenge. Or if not, at the least to load up earth orbit with as many weapons as doable.
The new command is led by Air Force General Jay Raymond, who took the event to place Russia, China, and “different powers” that may “problem” American belongings or operations on discover.
“Our adversaries have had a front-row seat to our many successes of integrating area [into war] and they’re creating capabilities to negate our entry to area,” he informed reporters forward of the ceremony.
Space Command is at the moment housed on the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, although the administration hopes to launch an unbiased Space Force as quickly as 2020. The command takes cost of some 18,000 service members and civilians concerned in area operations.
There technically was a “Space Command” that existed from 1985 till 2002, when it was scrapped to make approach for the US Northern Command because the Pentagon pivoted towards the War on Terror. Aside from the identify, nonetheless, the brand new model bears little resemblance to the Space Command of twenty years in the past.