America's Space Combat and Defense Force

Tree Langdon

The Space Force was created to protect us.

Last year, the US Space Force logo was touted as a rip off of the emblem for Starfleet Command.

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Star Trek fans protested.

Twitter users noted the logo, revealed in early 2020, was uncanny in its similarity to the Star Trek emblem. Trekkies were aghast, even as others pointed out the existing Air Force Command Logo existed in some form as far back as 1942 and may have inspired the Star Trek one.

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The controversy around the Space Force continues to erupt.

This last frontier of global cooperation continues to become more and more politicized, even as '45' nears the end of his term.

When he created The Space Force, he also signed a massive law that included provisions to organize, train, and equip a Space Force. Sending armed personnel into space was justified by the need to control and maintain their superiority in space. (December 19, 2019)

The Force is intended to control the “ultimate high ground.”

I'm not sure what the threat is...beyond a small number of scientists, there's not much going on up there.

  • There was a previous Space Command created in 1985 to control and command military forces in the USA. It was called SPACECOM and was inactivated and merged into the US Strategic Command in 2002 by GW Bush. In August 2019, Space Command was reactivated, indicating a renewed focus on space as a potential war-zone.

The question of the ownership of space has been the subject of many discussions and treaties. As we come closer to the commercialization of space and the establishment of colonies and the extraction of resources, it’s apparent we are racing to stake claims in this new frontier.

Is our exploration of space is justified using a tried and true technique of colonization? Are we comfortable in a world where our governments’ imperialist development of resources is considered fair?

Are You Ready For The Colonization of Space?

The Encyclopedia Britannica describes space exploration as the “investigation of the reaches of the universe beyond Earth’s atmosphere” and the “use of the information so gained to increase knowledge of the cosmos and benefit humanity.”

Res Communis.

Early in the development of space law, WA Hyman (1966) framed space as ‘res communis’.

Res Communis indicates that space is part of the ‘common heritage of mankind’. Hyman specifically pressed his view that space was not to be considered ‘terra nullius, or nobody’s land, which is a term used in the past to justify the appropriation of land by a state.

Terra nullius - Nobody's land, was the term we used to colonize the New World.

  • Scientists have long held the view that gathering information for a better understanding of space, including information from observations from space would provide a means to benefit humanity, not just one corporate interest or a single country.
  • Initially, scientists were able to move into space and carry out research because governments were willing to fund it. The governments believed the research would lead to the discovery of information that would improve the lives of their citizens.

Space science has traditionally been carried out in an atmosphere of cooperation and sharing.

Many of them naively believed that space could remain a neutral zone.

  • Politicians began making achievements in space competition for prestige, beginning with Khrushchev in 1967, with the first launch of a satellite, and the 1961 Gagarin orbital flight.
  • Eisenhower made the decision to stay out of this ego-based need for prestige. That changed with JFK and his decision to send a man to the moon.

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Generally, though the attitude was to work together. In space, cooperation is often the key to staying alive.

In the early days, only Governments could afford space exploration. The programs they funded increased our knowledge and have served as a way to increase power, national security and military strength, the impact of the latter being underplayed. There continues to be real value to the ability to observe activities of other countries using satellites, and it’s a large part of existing military intelligence and verification of adherence to various arms control agreements.

Many of the more recent missions wouldn’t have occurred without cooperation.

More recently corporations have been able to profit from the launch and use of satellites in commercial applications such as telecommunications. With SpaceX, the new frontier of commercial space travel is becoming a viable possibility, at least for the very rich.

So far, we have been able to prevent governments from doing things like stationing large weapons in orbit.

International Law contains treaties that cover things like ‘non-appropriation of outer space by any one country, arms controls, freedom of exploration, and the rescue and safety of astronauts.

It declares space the ‘province of all mankind’, in an attempt to ensure representation of all humanity, not just the spacefaring countries.

  • Not all of the treaties are widely accepted and some countrihttps://www.facebook.com/groups/2998641343519657/?ref=bookmarkses have signed but not ratified the agreements. For example, the Moon treaty, which is intended to protect the environment of the Moon, as well as dealing with jurisdictional issues, has not been ratified by any of the participant countries. It’s considered a failed treaty at this time.
  • The construction of the International Space Station led to agreements to support international cooperation on the station while providing room for protecting intellectual property and jurisdictional powers over individual modules on the station.
  • Most treaties are written in vague language and many of the terms are not defined. The UN space treaties operate on the basis of consensus, and it’s easier to achieve that when things are loosely described. The task of discussing and obtaining consensus on a more detailed agreement would likely result in conflicts around commercial activities, property rights, and resource appropriations.

What is Space Command's mission?

The command's mission focuses on four specific areas: deter aggression; defeat the nation's enemies through posture and preparedness; deliver space combat power; and defend U.S., allied and partner interests. DOD

The United States’ recent announcement that their Space Force personnel are now to be called Guardians is seen as the next step in their attempt to establish dominance in space.

This establishment of a military presence intended to be used in space might be considered yet another one of the slings and arrows shot by the outgoing president.

It’s unknown if this is being done in an attempt to leave a legacy or if it’s simply another political trap to be dismantled. Like a dog peeing on a fire hydrant, it seems he can’t resist making his mark, no matter how noxious it may be considered.

It remains to be seen what will be done by Biden and his incoming team. Faced with a serious health emergency and a collapsing economy, this one may remain low on the priority list.

Let's hope they look at this important issue soon.

In the meanwhile, be kind to yourself my friends. And stay safe. ❤️

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51245262

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/2452910/space-force-personnel-to-be-called-guardians/

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Features/Story/Article/2446327/whats-with-all-the-us-space-related-agencies/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_law#Human_representation_and_participation

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