Vice President Mike Pence laid out the Trump administrations plans to create an entirely new military branch to protect America in outer space by 2020 called "Space Force." I wonder if people in the forties were like, "Air Force? That sounds like a bad title for a radio drama..."
But, it turns out, we already have a "Space Force" called the "Air Force Space Command." Okay, can we all just concede that there is nothing we could call a space defense force that doesn't sound like a totally-awesome-at-the-time 90's movie.
Retired astronaut Captain Mark Kelly has thought the Space Force was a "dumb idea" the first time he heard Trump mention it, and he still does.
He starts at (1:45).
From the Air Force Space Command website:
Air Force Space Command, activated Sept. 1, 1982, is a major command with headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. AFSPC provides military focused space capabilities with a global perspective to the joint warfighting team.
AFSPC's mission is to provide resilient, defendable and affordable space capabilities for the Air Force, Joint Force and the Nation.
Innovate, Accelerate, Domininate
1. Build Combat Readiness
2. Innovate and Accelerate to Win
3. Develop Joint Warfighters
4. Organize for Sustained Success
They even have a super cool logo, that, yes, they even admit it's a little Starfleet-y:
These are the logos that Trump wants supporters to choose from for his Space Force:
Yeah, nothing strikes fear into the hearts of our space enemies like a generic cartoon space ship.
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