My wife feels that this should be called the ‘Space Patrol:’ I do not so much agree as I concede that calling it the ‘Solar Patrol’ would be at best premature. But this is gonna happen. Maybe in this Presidential administration, maybe not: if it doesn’t happen by the end of the next one I’m going to be shocked. There’s just a trend-line there:
Rep. Mike Rogers said the U.S. Air Force needs a separate “Space Corps” to handle military operations in orbit, as a first step in creating a completely separate military branch.
“We have to acknowledge that the national security space structure is broken,” the Alabama Republican said in a Tuesday morning speech at the 33rd Space Symposium. “It’s very hard for a government bureaucracy to fix itself, and that’s exactly why congressional oversight exists. It’s the job of the Armed Services Committee to recognize when the bureaucracy is broken and to see that it’s fixed.”
Obligatory disclaimer: my wife is DoD and works on space stuff, to the point where if I was still doing politics I wouldn’t be linking to this article. But since I’m not I’m just going to point out that there’s nothing sacrosanct about space, and nothing inherent that’s really stopping people from messing around with our stuff that’s in orbit. Plus, a crowbar from space can wreck your whole day.
So expect that the military is going to end up with a force with a dedicated budget for space activities. Both defensive and offensive, although nobody’s going to admit that last part. And you should expect it, if for no other reasons than the fact that civilian American space companies are going to start screaming for protection the first time that somebody messes with their stuff…