According to officials speaking to Fox News Monday, the President is expected to sign an executive order within mere days, officially creating the U.S. Space Command.
Space Command is a smidge short of the much ballyhooed and ballyBOOed “Space Force,” but that’s the breaks.
In his speech at Cape Canaveral’s Kennedy Space Center Tuesday, VP Pence will reportedly make the announcement. Space Command will be a civilian endeavor and will not include NASA.
Space Force first arrived onto the scene — for better or worse — in March, with Trump touting its virtue to mixed reception:
“Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea. We may even have a Space Force — we have the Air Force, we’ll have the Space Force, you know, the Army, the Navy.”
.@POTUS on U.S. Space Force: "Just like the air, the land, the sea, space has become a war-fighting domain. It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space." pic.twitter.com/YNtYkN9n48
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 13, 2018
.@POTUS: "My new national strategy for space recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea. We may even have a 'Space Force.'" pic.twitter.com/b0q8GUY7ta
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 13, 2018
Indeed, not everyone was psyched. Newsweek covered the story with “What is Space Force? How a Trump Joke Became ‘a Great Idea.'”
The Twitterverse had a field day:
Space is a war-fighting domain? Against who? Meteors? Aliens?
Gov’t should focus on fixing American problems b4 worrying about distant threats. https://t.co/emLlb1xApv
— lil short (@ahhhhhhhhhhh419) August 9, 2018
And this guy will lead the Space Force. pic.twitter.com/VyiXIfPplu
— RPro (@rickpro13) March 13, 2018
"Trump has stated clearly and forcefully, space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air, and sea.”
*cue the loud clatter of pens, keyboards, tablets, and microphones being tossed aside as satirists around the world simultaneously give up*
— Krud™ (@Krud) August 9, 2018
And my personal favorite, due to the movie reference:
Actual footage of tRump ispecting his new "Space Force": pic.twitter.com/AVG5d8w6LU
— 🌊✊❄Gerald❄🖖🌊 #VetsResistSquadron (@Langkard) March 13, 2018
Since 1982, the Air Force has managed a U.S. Space Command at Colorado’s Peterson Air Force Base.
This new development will boost our space command to the same level as the U.S. Central Command, Cyber Command, and Special Operations Command. It formerly held that distinction, until 2002. As a result of the September 11th terror attack, Space Command was subsumed by U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the nation’s nuclear arsenal.
I believe Donald Trump is a forward-thinking man. An entrepreneur has to be such. I trust this move forward — under the advisement of experts. But either way, it’s happening. And so, we move into a new age: the age of a reinvigorated Space Command.
Are you on board? Let us all know in the Comments section below.
Oh — and although Space Force didn’t make it this go-round, officials say it could be the next step.
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