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China is Seriously Angry About the Space Force

When the Defense Department authorization bill that included a provision that created the United States Space Force as a separate branch of the military, the section was surprisingly non-controversial. Most Democrats in both the House and the Senate voted in favor of the measure. To be sure, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont offered a complaint as did Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Both liberal senators missed the vote, being too busy running for president, according to Stars and Stripes.

One other entity reacted badly to the establishment of the United States Space Force. ABC News explains.

“Rising space power China on Monday attacked the newly created U.S. Space Force as a direct threat to outer space peace and security. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that China is ‘deeply concerned about it and resolutely opposed to it. The relevant U.S. actions are a serious violation of the international consensus on the peaceful use of outer space, undermine global strategic balance and stability, and pose a direct threat to outer space peace and security,” Geng said at a regular briefing.

Geng, needless to say, is being disingenuous, As early as 2007, China tested an anti-satellite weapon on of its own steatites. China is known to be developing a strategy that involves conducting what would be, in effect, a space-based Pearl Harbor by destroying American space assets at the start of an armed conflict with the United States. Indeed, China regards the economic, political, and military dominance of the high frontier as crucial to its long-term strategy to become the sole superpower on Earth, supplanting the United States in that role.

Professor Greg Autry, Ph.D., the director of the Commercial Spaceflight Initiative at the University of Southern California, was studiously unsympathetic to the Chinese point of view on Twitter. “You can always tell you’re doing the right thing when the Chinese dictatorship is worked up over it.”

The United States Space Force is starting modestly, with a $40 million budget, a Chief of Space Operations being added to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and personnel numbering about 200. The Space Force’s initial tasks will be establishing its organization, figuring out where the headquarters will be, which Air Force bases will become Space Force bases, what the uniforms will look like, and how the new service branch will perform its mission.

The initial mission of the Space Force will be to defend America’s space infrastructure and to place that of an enemy at risk, the theory being that it is better to deter a war rather than wage one, even successfully. Considering China’s strategy, it, therefore, becomes understandable why that country perceives the United States Space Force to be a threat, not so much against peace and security, but Beijing’s desire for world domination.

“Space has become increasingly important to the U.S. economy and to everyday life. The Global Positioning System, for example, provides navigation services to the military as well as civilians. Its constellation of about two-dozen orbiting satellites is operated by the 50th Space Wing from an operations center at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado. China has established a similar, independent network, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, assembled from 42 separate satellite launches.”

SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk had a more whimsical reaction on Twitter. “Starfleet begins.”

Musk may be getting a little ahead of himself. Space Force warfighters will likely consist of personnel seated at control consoles on Earth, controlling satellites and space-based weapons platforms. The time when Space Force officers will be flying in space in the real-world versions of the USS Enterprise resides in the likely distant future.

On the other hand, SpaceX is developing a spacecraft called, ironically, the Starship that he says will be capable of taking people and cargo from Earth to the moon and Mars. No doubt when the Space Force is ready to have its own space ships, Musk will be ready to provide them at a reasonable price.

Indeed, as space increasingly becomes crucial to America’s economic vitality and national security, the mission of the United States Space Force is likely to evolve and expand. Lunar and asteroid mines and space-based manufacturing will pass from the realm of science fiction to objective reality. At that point, decades perhaps hence, Musk’s prediction will become less tongue in cheek and more factual.

Comments (17)

  1. China will try to STEAL our technology….as usual.
    It’s sad that the Democrats have pushed a wedge between us and Russia….who Trump (correctly) knew would
    be better as an ally than a adversary in the future conflict with China (our real enemy)….

    The Democrats lust for complete power and hatred for Trump has led them to HURT America badly….

  2. When you have an oppressive government the people/workers will never deliver a good reliable product no matter how happy they try to portray their lives. When I was over there I noticed that all of the buildings (high rises) had nets because the people there are so happy they want to kill themselves. I don’t care what any of the hot air crowd says no repressive country will ever match the capacity of a free country (pay attention all you freedom suppressors in America)

  3. Who CARES what the ChiComs THINK? Do YOU?!? . . . I didn’t think so – neither did I. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  4. I admit I don’t have all the facts on the subject of the Space Force but it seems to me to be a good idea. We can not allow China or any other country to take over our space. It belongs to everyone, but we can’t have anyone overstepping their boundaries.

  5. And did all that and more with NO HELP from the COMMIECRAPS. Just think what we could have done with a little help.

  6. Did you hear how a million copies of Bennett’s “The Book of Virtues” were sold in China but Mr. Bennett did not get 10 cents in royalties? The Chinese stole the book on virtue including the chapter on honesty! They threw out the chapter on faith. That was too dangerous to their culture. How hypocritical is that? Stealing the book on virtue? I think their nation is weak because they created a low trust culture. They can’t trust each other. They project their dishonesty on others.

  7. wish I was still young would love to go warp 8

  8. Despite all the howling by the phony leftists about Russia…China is a far greater threat to America than Russia ever will be.
    For years our President’s looked the other way as China stole our intellectual property, manipulated their currency, demanded technology transfer as a condition of doing business and a whole host of other nefarious trade practices. (Bill Clinton even gave China our missile technology)…..It’s great to finally have a President who is willing to stand up to the treachery of the Chinese.
    I support President Trump 100%….

  9. The way several Musk enterprises (p-p-p-pun) are going, he might be bankrupts soon.

  10. You are spot on brother

  11. What started all this with our new Space Force was China’s mysterious satellite that buzzed our own satellite. If they could maneuver them into close proximity, they could explode one and thus take them out. Of course, their own satellites suddenly going dark has long been a mystery in space.

  12. the Chinese can crap all over themselves who really cares everything they have done is because they have stolen it from other countries just like there stealth fighter jet they started with the one we lost in battle there are pictures of them having it also like there cheap ATVs they sell here is all old engines designs from Honda and others with crap frames and poorly made engine parts

  13. PRETTY SOON WE WILL HAVE TO CHOOSE ONE FROM COLUMN AND ONE FROM COLUMN B, WILL THAT BE WITH STEAMED OR FRIED RICE.

  14. BEAM ME UP SCOTTY THERE IS NO INTELLIGENT LIFE DOWN HERE.

  15. EXCELLENT MOVE ON PRESIDENT TRUMPS PART , IF IT WERE UP TO THE DUMRATS (DUMBOCRATS) WE WOULD ALL BE EATING CHINK FOOD AS CHINA WANTS TO BE THE #1 SUPER POWER IN THE WORLD TRUMP WILL GET MY VOTE AND HE WILL WIN THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN 2020.TRUMP HAS DONE A WORLD OF GOOD AS FOR THE ECONOMY, STANDING UP TO THAT MORON IN NORTH KOREA , AND THE TARRIFFS . NO OTHER PRESIDENT HAS EVER DONE OR ACHIEVED WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS DONE SO GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMP AND GOD BLESS AMERICA AMEN !!

  16. TRUMP MOVES AHEAD . OBAMA WALKED BACKWARDES

  17. awwww, to bad for the commies.

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