I am over at Lawfare saying irresponsible things about what may soon be your United States Space Force:
Are we on our way to a United States Space Force? On June 19, President Trump announced that he would direct the Department of Defense to establish a dedicated Space Force, “separate but equal” from the Air Force and presumably the other existing services. On August 9, Vice President Pence reaffirmed the administration’s commitment, and laid out some details on the development of the new service. Of course, the president cannot merely create a Space Force. Reorganizing the Department of Defense would require an act of Congress on par with the National Security Act of 1947 (which created DoD and the USAF), or of the Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986. However, the presidential directive does make it more difficult for the Pentagon and the existing services to publicly oppose the creation of a Space Force. In 2017, theHouse Armed Services Committee considered a bill that would create a Space Corps, a level of independence somewhat below that of an independent service. The proposal went nowhere beyond demonstrating congressional interest in the military aspects of space, as it inspired resistance from the Air Force and from the Pentagon. The combination of presidential and congressional interest in creating a new military organization for space does suggest that the idea has some legs, even if the bureaucracy attempts to impose significant roadblocks.