Donald Trump’s Space Force demands huge sums in bid to militarise space

The proposed budget sets aside $10.3billion (£7.9billion) for research, development, testing and evaluation of space systems. As per space.com, a further $2.4billion (£1.8billion) has been requested for procuring satellites, ground equipment and launch services and $2.6billion (£2billion) for space operations, troop training and equipment maintenance. Some $100million (£76.6million) will go to war-related satellite services and space operations.

The USSF is the space service of the United States Armed Forces.

In December, it was launched as an independent service.

In September 1982, a predecessor force, Air Force Space Command was formed as a branch of the United States Air Force.

Donald Trump is Space Force commander-in-chief with Defence Secretary Mark Espser, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett and Space Operations Chief General John W. Raymond joining as commanders.

It has 16,000 assigned personnel and is based at the Pentagon.

The USSF website says the initial staff are from the Air Force Space Command.

Other personnel from the Air Force will transfer over this year.

The website reads: “Space has become essential to our security and prosperity – so much so that we need a branch of our military dedicated to its defence, just like we have branches of the military dedicated to protecting and securing the air, land, and sea.

“Unfettered access to space is vital to national defence. Space systems are woven into the fabric of our way of life. Space affects almost every part of our daily lives and is fundamental to our economic system.

“For example, satellites not only power the GPS technology that we use daily, but allow us to surf the web and call our friends, enable first responders to communicate with each other in times of crisis, time-stamp transactions in the world financial market, and even allow us to use credit cards at gas pumps.”

Various Air Force bases will be repurposed for use by the USSF.

The USSF mission statement says: “The U.S. Space Force is a military service that organises, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.

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“USSF responsibilities will include developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organising space forces to present to our Combatant Commands.”

The entire US Armed Forces had a 2020 budget of $748billion (£573million).

According to Hong Kong Free Press, China’s budget for 2018 was $175billion (£134billion).

China is believed to be the second largest military spender in the world accusing to both the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and International Institute for Strategic Studies.

The news comes in a big week for US politics, which has seen the race for the Democratic nomination for President whittled down to three candidates.

These are former Vice President Joe Biden with 664 pledged delegates, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders with 573 pledges delegates and Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard with two.

Ms Gabbard recently wrote on Instagram to accuse the Democrats of trying to keep her from debating: “Senator Sanders and Vice President Biden, I’m sure you would agree that our Democratic nominee should be a person who will stand up for what is right. So I ask that you have the courage to do that now in the face of the DNC’s effort to keep me from participating in the debates.

“To keep me off the stage, the DNC again arbitrarily changed the debate qualifications. Previously they changed the qualifications in the OPPOSITE direction so Bloomberg could debate. I ask that you stand w/ me against the DNC’s transparent effort to exclude me from the debates.”

Former Republican New York City mayor Mr Bloomberg benefitted after the scraping of a rule requiring donations from thousands of supporters, which he could not reach after refusing to accept outside funding.

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