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Space Force June 30, 2018

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This is a great takedown of the latest Trump wheeze, the US Space Force. What is it good for, what is it meant to do? Fred Kaplan of Slate.com offers us a jaundiced view of matters.

At some point in the future, it might be a good idea to create a Space Force (or perhaps a Space Corps, which would have the same semi-autonomous relationship to the Air Force that the Marine Corps has to the Navy). But many other things need to be done first: A policy has to be stated; doctrines, strategies, tactics, and training manuals have to be written; specialists need to be given richer incentives—career paths, with steady promotions—to join the existing services’ space commands; all the services would need to work jointly on these tasks.

Stephen Baxter once wrote an excellent short story entitled War Birds about a US space programme that after the failure of Apollo 11 goes into militaristic overdrive. Always think of that when I read of ‘space force’ and similar…

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1. EWI - June 30, 2018

What it’s ‘good for’ is classic Trump extortionary behaviour; he means this to try and blackmail and intimidate the rest of the world, laughing at all established norms (such as not laying claim to or militarising the Moon).

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2. Starkadder - July 1, 2018

Here’s a good use for the US space program: send Donald Trump on
a one-way mission to Jupiter. 😉

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