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28 Feb 2017 5:23 p.m. PST
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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2017 4:05 p.m. PST

It's time for the Pentagon to create an independent orbital military service

American space power stagnated under U.S. Air Force stewardship a long time ago. [1] Congress observed this situation nearly 25 years ago, as the epigraphs above indicate. However, nothing substantive was done to fix the problem.

This article recommends the creation of a U.S. Space Corps in the Department of the Air Force as an initial step to set American space power on a path to reach its full potential.

Ultimately, America's national security interests in space will best be served when Congress creates an independent Space Corps, just as it created independent services for land, sea and air, uniting them under the Department of Defense…."
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Lion in the Stars28 Feb 2017 4:51 p.m. PST

Or just tell the USAF that it's terrestrial mission has been revoked, and give all the fighters, bombers, and transport planes back to the Army.

Mutant Q28 Feb 2017 5:55 p.m. PST

When I first saw this headline, I thought it said "America Needs a Space Cop."

We already have one of those.

mwindsorfw Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2017 6:47 p.m. PST

How do you know we don't have one?

USAFpilot Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2017 6:55 p.m. PST

A waste of taxpayer money. We are not there yet. Space travel will best be served by the private sector; government is too inefficient.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2017 7:02 p.m. PST

It should go to the Navy, the Navy has ship the Air Force does not.

doug redshirt28 Feb 2017 7:53 p.m. PST

Noticed in Star Gate that the space ships were crewed by Air Force personal. If it is good enough for Star Gate it is good enough for me.

thorr666 Inactive Member28 Feb 2017 10:47 p.m. PST

Second the navy vote, there's no air in space

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2017 5:50 a.m. PST

California is still in the Union. We have a Space Corps and it's huge…

wminsing Inactive Member01 Mar 2017 6:48 a.m. PST

Second the navy vote, there's no air in space

There's also no water….


wminsing Inactive Member01 Mar 2017 6:55 a.m. PST

In all seriousness though I'm not sure how the article can claim that space power has stagnated; in the immediate post-Cold War environment there was no serious space security issue. Since 2000 new threats have emerged but US capabilities have also expanded. The X-37 is probably the most capable and flexible piece of space hardware flying right now. Evidence for credible ASAT capabilities in rival states is thin on the ground.


Lion in the Stars01 Mar 2017 7:09 p.m. PST

@Irish Marine: The Navy won't take over the Space Force until after a horrible disaster on a ~30crew USAF spaceship.

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