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Historic moments have unfolded as the House Armed Services Committee— a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives, responsible for funding and oversight of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the United States armed forces—has decided to split the US Air Force, a move which has led to the creation of the United States Space Corps.
This historic decision makes the United States of America the ONLY nation on planet Earth with a branch of the military that is exclusively dedicated to space.
The proposal came from Congressmen Mike Rogers, R-Ala., and Jim Cooper. D-Tenn., the top representatives of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, which oversees military space operations, reports Fox News.
Historic moments, but not everyone agrees.
This is the first military branch that has been created in the US since 1947, but its creation has been debated since the early 2000’s.
In a joint statement issued by Congressmen Mike Rogers, and Jim Cooper, the US Space Corps would drastically change the national security space enterprise “in order to ensure prioritization of the space domain by creating a U.S. Space Corps as a separate military service within the Department of the Air Force and under the civilian leadership of the Secretary of the Air Force.”
“There is a bipartisan acknowledgment that the strategic advantages we derive from our national security space systems are eroding,” the statement read.
“We are convinced that the Department of Defense is unable to take the measures necessary to address these challenges effectively and decisively, or even recognize the nature and scale of its problems.”
Speaking to Space News, Congressman Mike Rogers said: “As I’ve been chairing this subcommittee for the last four years, we have seen time and again that our ability to meet new challenges in space is lethargic at best.”
The subcommittee is confident that this move will help the United States military in their strategic advantage in space.
However, not everyone agrees with this move due to the fact that the markup was only discussed in a couple of meetings.
Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), a retired Air Force colonel, told Federal News Radio: “This is honestly the first time I’ve heard about a major reorganization to our Air Force.”
“This is sort of a shocking way to hear about a very major reorganization to our military, and I think it deserves at least a couple hearings and discussions on the matter at the full committee level.”
(H/T Fox News)