Despite the barbs from his opponents that the creation of a US Space Force was unnecessary — some even unkindly referring to the Commander-in-Chief as a “space cadet” — the creation of the Space Force was passed in a bipartisan year-end spending bill.
The spending bill needed to be passed to avert another government shutdown, and the Space Force needed to be part of it, because this new branch of the service will be vital to our nation’s security, going forward.
There is no doubt that the US has maintained the greatest military the planet has ever known. And while it has had its detractors, there has never been a greater force for good, or one that has destroyed more evil, and maintained or restored freedom, more often in history, than the US armed forces.
Under the leadership and wisdom of President Donald Trump, the strongest military in the world has grown stronger still. The president has signed into law the largest increase in the national defense since the days of Ronald Reagan, including the largest pay raise for our troops, in more than 10 years.
But even with our incredible military might, the United States must always remain vigilant against new threats to our national security. That includes threats from space. No, not in the form of alien invasions — that is science fiction nonsense — but to protect our country from the very real threats of satellites and space-based weapons that can, and are being deployed by our enemies.
As our NATO allies have acknowledged, space can now become a theater of war. And as technologies continue to advance, outer space will only become more critical to our national security.
But in the face of these new challenges, the United States is rising to meet them under the forward-thinking command of President Donald Trump.
Last June, President Trump became the first president in American history to publicly call for a Space Force as a sixth branch of our armed forces. As the President said, America must reclaim our “heritage as the world’s greatest space-faring nation. Our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security.”
The Vice President Applauds the Space Force
According to Vice President Mike Pence, the president is exactly right. “Our freedom to operate safely in outer space is critical for our way of life. Modern communications, commerce, weather forecasting, and even agriculture depend in large part on the security of our assets in space,” Pence said to the press.
That is why leaders from both political parties and both houses of Congress have come to agree with President Trump that the time has come to create the US Space Force.
At the direction of the Commander-in-Chief, the Pentagon worked with leaders in Congress to develop legislation for a Space Force, which will be the first new American military service established since 1947.
The Space Force will have a transformational impact on our national security. It will make our space systems and those of our allies more resilient. It will deter our enemies from doing us harm. And it will make America and the world a safer place.
Pence, who is also chairman of the National Space Council, has said, “At a time when Washington, D.C., is consumed with political distractions, the American people can be proud that leaders from across America rallied around the president’s vision: from Republicans like Sens. Jim Inhofe and Kevin Cramer, Reps. Mac Thornberry and Mike Rogers; to Democrats like Sen. Jack Reed and Reps. Adam Smith and Jim Cooper.”
In an opinion piece that was published recently by the Orlando Sentinel, Pence went on to say, “The American people can rest assured that with the creation of the Space Force, the Armed Forces of the United States will grow even stronger under this Commander-in-Chief and the power and dominance that our armed forces enjoy on land, sea, and air will now extend to outer space. Thanks to President Donald Trump, America is leading again in space. The new Space Force will ensure our heroes in uniform can better keep us safe and America can lead like never before.”