American troops are currently serving in many places around the globe, but congress is talking about a plan to create a separate military service for space operations, that would take over much of what the Air Force now does at Cape Canaveral.
A House Armed Services Committee proposal that’s making its way to the Senate calls for creating a separate military service for space operations, a new U.S. Space Corps, that would take over much of what the Air Force now does at Cape Canaveral. Yes, a Space US Military is becoming a reality.
The measure, which would also establish a new U.S. Space Command and make the new chief of the Space Corps the eighth member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has the support of both Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the chairman of the full committee, and its ranking Democrat, Adam Smith (D-Wash.)
Currently, military satellite launches are happening regularly at the Cape, but Congress is debating wether to establish a U.S. Space Corps. Of course one of its major installations would likely be Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
A congressional board has already voted to create the Space Corps, splitting it off from the Air Force. The discussion is heating up, but it’ll take a lot more votes and a signature of the president to make it happen.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), the Space Corps’ main champion, mentioned that creating the new branch is necessary for US national security, particularly because other countries are catching up to America’s power in space. “Russia and China have become near peers,” Rogers told NPR. “They’re close to surpassing us. What we’re proposing would change that.”
But there’s a problem here: The Air Force is decisively against it. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson also told the reporters, “The Pentagon is complicated enough.”
Dale Ketcham, of Space Florida is concerned that a space corps may add bureaucracy and make a slow and rigid process slower.