Someone in the House Armed Services Committee has clearly made the schoolboy error of mistaking Men in Black 2 for a documentary, and set about proactively creating a US Space Corps division as part of next year’s proposed military budget – which, if passed, would increase to about $700 billion a year.
Detractors may tediously point to the fact that there is a city in Michigan which lacks safe drinking water and other trivialities that apparently should take precedence over badass intergalactic weaponry. However, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) and Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), who both developed the plan, believe that ‘space has not been given adequate priority’.
Naturally, until they finally stumble upon the Death Star, there are [**TRIGGER WARNING FOR JOHN MCCAIN**] no enemies in outer space for the US military to bomb. Instead, a military presence will be used to defend US communications and intelligence satellites.
Currently, the Air Force owns the US military’s space mission, including procurement of launches for military and intelligence payloads and the operation of major US launch facilities. This new provision seeks to create a separate branch under the wing of the US Air Force dedicated solely ‘to the cause of space as a warfare domain’, including a new member of the joint Chiefs of Staff.
This is a landmark proposal; the first creation of a new military service since 1947. However, it still was not considered significant enough to warrant a hearing by the full House Armed Services Committee before the vote, leading to outrage by some Representatives.
Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), a retired Air Force colonel, was surprised by the Space Corps proposal. She told Federal News Radio that she had not been aware of it until it appeared in the bill the full committee debated on Wednesday.
“This is honestly the first time I’ve heard about a major reorganization to our Air Force,” she said Wednesday evening. “This is sort of a shocking way to hear about a very major reorganization to our military, and I think it deserves at least a couple hearings and discussions on the matter at the full committee level.”
Can I please reflect on how incredible that is?
In effect, there were probably House Representatives that turned up to work expecting to hear the same banal bureaucratic minutiae, unaware that they were about to take a vote on waging space jihad.
Anyway, to infinity and beyond….
Leak of Nations | US Military