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Space Force: The Sixth Branch of the Military

The Space Force has been approved and will be the newest branch of the U.S. military.

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A historic defense legislation is now officially in the books with an addition of the sixth branch of the U.S. military, the Space Force. The 3,500-page National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) recognizes the “final frontier” of space as a warfighting domain.

To Infinity and Beyond!

The Department of Defense released a long report detailing the need for the new military branch. It seems futuristic to some, who cannot fathom a threat to U.S. soil from space, but our government believes we might soon face threats from above.

Air Force Chief of Staff, General David Goldfein explained that China already has a full set of anti-satellite weapons, which include small, refrigerator-sized co-orbitals that targets do not recognize. They have jammers that could shut down GPS and U.S. communications systems.

The U.S. Department of Defense manages a large budget: $738 billion established for the next year. Only $72.4 million of that is set aside for getting the sixth branch up and running. That amount establishes Space Command – the administrative department – and the Chief of Space Operations (CSO) position. Air Force General John Raymond is set to take the controls for the first year and will report directly to the Air Force Secretary. But the man also will join the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Basically, year one is all administration, training curricula, and posturing for year number two with an increased budget for admitting cadets to the program. Let’s face it, weapons of war in space will be a tad different from the norm.

The plan is to add just 200 cadets with increases to possibly 15,000 total enlisted and civilian employees by the end of fiscal 2024.

Sarah Cowgill

National Columnist at and Sarah has been a writer in the political and corporate worlds for over 25 years. As a sought-after speech writer, her clients included CEOs, U.S. Senators, Congressmen, Governors, and even a Vice President. She’s worked as Contributing Editor at Scottsdale Life, a news reporter for the Journal and Courier, and guest opinion political writer for numerous publications nationwide. A born storyteller, Sarah has published a full-length book and is currently finishing a quirky, sarcastic, second novel.

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