Insanity — Donald Trump’s supposed space force is real, and the Pentagon has started to create the new military branch without any congressional approval. According to Defense One, the United States Defense Department is taking Trump seriously in creating the new military branch.
Last month, Trump decided to introduce us to the idea of a Space Force, after floating the idea back in March. His introduction to the ludicrous plan has been largely met by ridicule and memes, but the new military branch is materializing before our eyes. Defense Department leaders will reportedly begin creating four elements of the Space Force in the coming months, including a combatant command, a joint agency for the required satellites, and warfighting community that will draw from peripheral service branches.
The fourth and final piece to bring this to life will require lawmakers’ approval. Since it will involve a whole new department including a financial management office and facility construction department, Defense Department leaders would need authorization for authorities necessary to fully establish the Space Force.
However, some in the space exploration community are not taking this silly idea lightly, with a retired astronaut blasting Trump’s proposal.
Retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly lambasted the idea of a space force in an interview with MSNBC, saying that he saw the president’s scheme as little more than a waste of taxpayer money that could jeopardize peaceful exploration of space. Sitting down with MSNBC co-hosts Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi, Kelly had this to say:
…my big concern here is that, you know, space has been a place for us to work in a peaceful manner. And, you know, changing that with not any clear reason at this point is, like I said, kind of hard to understand.”
Congress would get the proposal sometime in early 2019 as part of the administration’s budget proposal for the following year. Until then, we’re going to see our taxpayer money being flaunted about by unnecessary actions from Trump.
Watch the interview below, courtesy of DC Tribune:
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