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    National Space Council sends Space Force proposal to Trump

    National Space Council sends Space Force proposal to Trump

    VP Mike Pence Unclear About Plans for continuing Nuclear Weapons Ban In Space

    The National Space Council has sent President Donald Trump a set of recommended actions to initiate the process of establishing the U.S. Space Force.

    The six action items are as follows:

    1) The creation of a new unified command for space command to be named U.S. Space Command.
    2) A legislative proposal that the Pentagon will submit to the White House.
    3) A budget request to fund the new service in fiscal year 2020.
    4) A review of agencies’ authorities to ensure space commanders are empowered to take action if necessary.
    5) The establishment of a Space Development Agency to oversee technology investments.
    6) The recommendation is to strengthen the relationship between the intelligence community and the new service.

    Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the council, stressed the importance of creating the new military branch.

    He noted that congressional authorization by law is required to form a new military branch, and insisted that President Trump will work to make sure the legislative language to create a Space Force makes it into the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.

    Before the council meeting at the National Defense University, Pence talked about the Space Force at a Washington Post event, and explained why the president considers it a burning issue. He said Trump became especially alarmed to learn that Russia and China three years ago consolidated their space activities into a single branch. Pence also did not rule out future deployments of weapons in space if circumstances warranted it.

    Pence also touched upon the administration’s plans for weapons in space.

    We’re going to protect American interests in space,” Pence responded. “To understand American defense today is to understand the inner relationship between our satellite technology and our aircraft, our ships at sea, our submarines, our warfighters on the ground.”

    “The first order of business is ensuring the infrastructure of our satellite technology is protected,” Pence explained, adding that Chinese and Russian anti-satellite weapons continue to proliferate.

    Furthermore, Pence was not clear when asked about the continuing status of another long-term treaty related to weapons-in-space.

    Pence acknowledged that the 1967 Outer Space Treaty prohibits nuclear weapons from being stationed in earth’s orbit. But he didn’t give a clear “no” when he was asked at a Washington Post-sponsored forum if that should always be the case.

    Instead he responded: “I think that what we need to do is make sure that we provide for the common defense of the people of the United States of America,” he replied. “And that’s the president’s determination here.”

    The plans for Space Force may be expedited in light of reports that China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran are preparing nuclear electronic pulse attacks from space to cripple the U.S. electrical grid.

    “The United States critical national infrastructure faces a present and continuing existential threat from combined-arms warfare, including cyber and manmade electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, and natural EMP from a solar superstorm,” says a recently published report from the congressional Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.”

    Once largely a concern of a Cold War surprise attack from Russia to shut down American nuclear forces communications, the spread of nuclear weapons has increased the danger of disruptive EMP attack from a nuclear burst in the upper atmosphere.

    “Within the last decade, newly nuclear-armed adversaries, including North Korea, have been developing the ability and threatening to carry out an EMP attack against the U.S.,” the report said.

    Given Trump’s negotiating style, and concern for national security, it is no wonder he wants every option on the table, including the possibility of nuclear weapons as part of the Space Force arsenal.


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    DouglasJBender | October 27, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    No problem. If I get a chance, I’ll try it. For now, A&W Root Beer remains my favorite. 🙂

    Shadow5 | October 28, 2018 at 9:09 am

    So applicants to the Space Force Academy would be called “Space Cadets”. I see a great many candidates walking around Congress and the MSM. Sorry some jokes are to good to let pass.

    DouglasJBender | October 28, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    This comment is mainly directed to Leslie Eastman and “Fuzzy Slippers” (may I call you “Ms. Slippers”?) I notice that you both are interested in science. I do not know your religious backgrounds (if any), but I thought you might be interested in a discovery I made — basically, I discovered the Gospel (in foundational essence being that Jesus died, and rose from the dead) in Mathematics (specifically, in the Natural Logarithm). The discovery involves three straight lines, the “Tropical” year (365.24219 days long), and the Natural Logarithm { ln(x) }.

    If you were interested, I could post a link here to a Facebook “Note” I have about my discovery. (I call the discovery, “God’s Number”.) It only involves basic, first-year Algebra (graphing straight lines), plus the Natural Logarithm. Nothing fancy or complicated.

    DouglasJBender | October 29, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    In case either of you are curious, but are afraid to say so for some reason, here’s the link to that Facebook “Note” about my discovery (which I call “God’s Number”): .

    At the end of that (roughly 10-page or so) article, there is a colored graph of three straight lines, plus the Natural Logarithm, which in effect summarizes/explains the discovery. Just preceding the graph are a couple of paragraphs which describe the graph.

    The majority of the article explains the assumptions, terms, and history involved. Kind of dry and boring, but necessary in order to be thorough.

    Gosh folks, the economy is faltering, interest costs are increasing, prices are going up as a result of Trump Tariffs and our national debt continues at a billion a year. Meanwhile the market is going Bear and 2018 gains are gone. Next out are my retirement funding investments – 2008 once more – but we will have a Jean-Luc Picard memorial built at Cape Canaveral.

    Government expansion and spending will never grow our economy because the taxpayers will have to provide the investment. We have nowhere to go with this nonsense except to an out-of-control inflation rate. Can you say Venezuela?

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