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Trump Proposes Space Force

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump visited southern California. He first stopped outside on San Diego to inspect the border wall prototypes. The pros and cons of the 8 examples of the future wall were explained and the President seems to be favoring 3 types. Next, before attending a fundraiser in Los Angeles, President Trump visited the Mirimar Marine Air Station. He thanked the Marines and other military assembled at a hangar for their service. President Trump told them about upcoming improvements now that a budget deal has been reached, including pay raises for the military, more new equipment and more replacement parts. President Trump also mentioned the possibility of a new branch, a Space Force.




This is excellent forward thinking by President Trump, who proposed the concept of a military branch dedicated to defending our space assets. Our military units are extremely dependent on satellites. They provide communications, surveillance, as well as the GPS technology. While deploying weapons in space is against some rather old treaties, it does seem rational to have a capability to be able to to do so quickly should the need arise.


Satellites are very vulnerable and there have been attempts made in the past to damage them. Both Russia and China have meddled with some of our satellites, blinding them with ground-based lasers. There is also the threat of some nation or terrorist group hacking into our satellites. Many large, commercial satellites are in a very high Earth orbit. Communication satellites are often parked some 24,000 miles above the Earth in a geosynchronous orbit, where they remain fixed at one point. This essentially makes them sitting ducks.


Other communication satellites operate at lower altitudes, from several hundred miles to about 1,500 miles above the Earth. These orbit the planet every couple-three hours, but are part of a ′static′ network, which moves as a whole at the same pace. Here, again, this is a vulnerability, as that pace can easily be tracked. An enemy can launch a well-coordinated attack to take out enough to disrupt the network.


Most of our surveillance satellites operate at lower orbits. They generally follow a predictable orbit due to a limited fuel supply. From time to time we ′retask′ these satellites, changing their orbital patterns to cover a different region. Such satellites are crucial to giving us an advanced warning as to troop or ship movements, as well as any activity at military facilities, such as missile bases preparing to make a test launch. Even weather satellites are vital to our defenses.


With more nations developing missiles, and hacking capabilities, the threat to these crucial assets in space are increasing. North Korea launched an ICBM last year which reached an altitude of about 1,500 miles, high enough to attack nearly any satellite except those in geosynchronous orbit. Theoretically, hacker armed with just a hand-held satellite phone could upload some malware on a satellite, or even infect a whole satellite network with a virus.


Currently, the responsibility for defending our space-borne assets is shared by the U.S. Air Force and several other government agencies. As we have seen in the past, sharing information has not always worked out very well, leading to attacks being carried out right under our noses. A unified command, such as a Space Force, could be the answer to removing bureaucracy from the equation. Such a branch of our military could also take the lead should a war break out and attack the space assets of our enemies. They may also plan for other contingencies, such as dealing with wandering asteroids, or even those pesky UFOs. Some recent video from Navy jets seem to prove that somebody is operating some very advanced vehicles in our atmosphere.


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