Space Force: Bust or Must on Their First Squadron Deployment

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On December 20, 2019, the Space Force branch of the United States Armed Forces was established. The Space Force’s domain is obviously space and the outer atmosphere. Don’t start fantasizing yet though because they aren’t running around with laser guns and Tie-Fighters.

Their mission statement is as follows: “The primary mission of the U.S. Space Force as directed by Congress is to maintain, protect, and expand the U.S. fleet of advanced military satellites that form the backbone of U.S. global military operations,” according to American University, Washington D.C. in their article, “The Purpose and Mission of the Space Force” by Reid Barbier.

Space Force is also not just taking anyone, they are only selecting trained and experienced professionals in specific fields. According to ClearanceJobs.com, Space Force is mainly hiring people with experience in fields like engineering, IT, and piloting, but they also need people from fields such as medicine and botany to support the crew and develop sustainability.
Space Force is estimated to cost $13 billion with an additional yearly cost of around $550 million according to DefenseNews.com in an article by Mike Gruss and Aaron Mehta.

The idea of the Space Force has been heavily scrutinized after the approval from President Donald J. Trump. Keep in mind the idea of a Space Force has been in development for years. In concept, the idea isn’t far from what happened with the US Air Force during WWII; during the middle fazes of WWII each branch had its own air core until the government noticed that the air force is a complicated field that warrants its own branch.

According to CBS, on September 21, 2020, Space Force deployed its first Squadron (a unit of multiple manned aircrafts) that they transferred 20 military personnel to the Arabian Peninsula airbase, Al-Udeid Air Base, in Qatar.

Another development in the Space Force ark is the promotion of the first female three-star general in the Space Force branch of the military and the creation of the first all-female space operational squadron similar to the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII.

“When 1st Lt. Kelley McCaa found out she would be part of the American military’s first all-female space operations crew, working alongside a team of women she considers close friends, she knew it would make a bold statement for the newly formed U.S. Space Force,” writes Dan Boyce of NPR and writer of the article “The Air Force Struggles With Diversity. Can The Space Force Do Any Better?”, published on September 25, 2020.

Many people are concerned about the concept of weaponizing space, while others see it as a necessary step for national security.