Potential Biden Administration Should Keep and Strengthen Trump’s Space Force

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Despite the instinct to simply reverse everything done by President Trump, a potential Biden administration would be wise to preserve one of Trump’s signature achievements – Space Force. The sixth and latest military service created by Trump last year will have its first birthday on December 20.

The Heritage Foundation’s national security expert Jim Carafano told the Washington Examiner that Trump’s Space Force was “just the first out of the box,” with a dedicated extraterrestrial entity to protect space assets and conduct space operations.

Other nations are now following, with partners and allies such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and soon, Japan, creating or planning to set up similar entities.

Many former critics are also finally coming around to the idea that having a dedicated Space Force makes strategic sense. Team Biden should also see that American security will be best served by keeping and strengthening the U.S. Space Force.

Michael O’Hanlon, at the Brookings Institution, and a former detractor, says that since its creation in 2019 the Space Force has developed broad bipartisan support, and the defense think tank community is coming around to the value of a dedicated force for the space domain, notes the Washington Examiner.

However, adds O’Hanlon, the force’s relative infancy could make it easier for Team Biden to unwind:

You just established the Space Force. People who used to be U.S. Air Force put on a different patch, and they become U.S. Air Force again. It hasn’t been around long enough to really become something as independent as what the U.S. Air Force became.

But unwinding Space Force would be a very bad idea.

Brig. Gen. Douglas A. Schiess, wing commander of the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Cape Canaveral, Florida, told the Washington Examiner that the creation of the Space Force has already shown benefits:

It is great to have a chief that is solely concerned about space, and to have a chief that is solely concerned about air, all within one department of the Air Force. You now have one person that has grown up a majority of their career doing space operations, leading that, and advocating to the secretary of the Air Force and the secretary of defense for space operations.

Still, it isn’t just Congress, space warfighters, and the DC think tank community that are seeing the benefits of a dedicated Space Force, “the commercial space industry, which has taken on an outsize role in delivering Space Force payloads into orbit, is banking on the continuation of the service,” writes the Examiner.

United Launch Alliance Director and General Manager of Launch Operations, Tony Taliancich, told the Washington Examiner that Space Force will allow the U.S., over the next several decades, to be better positioned to confront threats and opportunities related to space, adding:

The creation and the movement towards a Space Force kind of recognizes the road that we’re going towards. A more space-dominant future or space-critical future for all of us from a global standpoint.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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YO VINNIE
YO VINNIE
7 months ago

If this program is not continued, China may easily surpass the USA in space technology and exploration. We were the first to have humans on the moon. The US could easily fall behind the Chinese in space with a clown like biden in office. China could be the first have humans on Mars. Those who control space will have the military advantage. These dem-commie parasites seem to be more concerned about diversity for the sake of diversity than the government’s primary job of protecting it’s citizens.

Teresa McGill
Teresa McGill
7 months ago

Oh you can bet that the squad will reverse everything Trump has done. How else would they get their millions to keep living high on the hog with since they don’t work and I don’t call saying no to the Republicans constantly working. The more we spend on things that they don’t like the less money they have to squander.

fabian
fabian
7 months ago

Where is all that money going to come from?

bob d
bob d
7 months ago
Reply to  fabian

From NOT supporting illegals!

Terry White
7 months ago

I have absolutely NO FAITH in the Harris administration to preserve ANYTHING president Trump has done. Yeah, yeah, I know, I said harris admin. That’s because I believe Pelosi, Schumer, and the rest of the no good demoncraps will invoke the 25th amendment on Biden right after the inauguration IF HE ACTUALLY IS elected. Then it will be the harris admin., and God help the United States Of America, if that happens. This country will become full blown communistic within a year.

YO VINNIE
YO VINNIE
7 months ago

If this program is not continued, China may easily surpass the USA in space technology and exploration. We were the first to have humans on the moon. The US could easily fall behind the Chinese in space with a someone like biden in office. China could be the first have humans on Mars. Those who control space will have the military advantage. These dem-commie parasites seem to be more concerned about diversity for the sake of diversity than the government’s primary job of protecting it’s citizens.

James Everett
James Everett
7 months ago

America’s security hasn’t been the democrats concern since obama made sure we were not any better than any other nation.He downgraded anything to do with National security unless it had to do with persecuting American citizens.

YO VINNIE
YO VINNIE
7 months ago

If this program is not continued, China may easily surpass the USA in space technology and exploration. We were the first to have humans on the moon. The US could easily fall behind the Chinese in space with some one like biden in office. China could be the first have humans on Mars. Those who control space will have the military advantage. These dem-commies seem to be more concerned about diversity for the sake of diversity than the government’s primary job of protecting it’s citizens.

YO VINNIE
YO VINNIE
7 months ago

If this program is not continued, China may easily surpass the USA in space technology and exploration. We were the first to have humans on the moon. The US could easily fall behind the Chinese in space with a clown like biden in office. China could be the first have humans on Mars. Those who control space will have the military advantage. These dem-commie parasites seem to be more concerned about diversity for the sake of diversity than the government’s primary job of protecting it’s citizens.

Adjunct George
Adjunct George
7 months ago

I am a graduate of the AF Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in physics from a state university. I worked on space projects in the USAF from 1962 – 1982. Then I worked on Space Station in my retirement job. Thus I am familiar with many of the arguments both pro and con.about a space force. We need the space force now just as we needed an Air Force in 1948. We need professionals familiar with how much we depend upon space and and how to defend what we have. I vote for the Space Force. It is required with the rise of China as a space going nation. For those of you that have not read that China is returning a lunar sample using their equipment, that is all you need to know to recognize the rise of a nation that has a greater capability in space than the Russians.


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