Space Force now has a squadron of 20 airmen stationed at Qatar’s Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment.
The United States Space Force is the space warfare service branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, and is one of the eight U.S. uniformed services.
Headquarters: The Pentagon; Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Founded: December 20, 2019
March: “The U.S. Space Force March” (Interim)
Size: 2,500 active duty personnel; 13,590 assigned airmen; 77 spacecraft
Role: Space warfare
Parent organization: United States Air Force.
The force, pushed by President Donald Trump, represents the sixth branch of the U.S. military and the first new military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947.
It has provoked skepticism in Congress, satire on Netflix, and, with its uncannily similar logo, “Star Trek” jokes about intergalactic battles.But US government is taking seriously out space treat.
World powers with more advanced space programs, like Russia and China, have made more threatening progress, U.S. officials contend. Last month, Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned that Russia and China were developing weapons that could knock out U.S. satellites, potentially scattering dangerous debris across space and paralyzing cell phones and weather forecasts, as well as American drones, fighter jets, aircraft carriers and even nuclear weapon controllers.
“The military is very reliant on satellite communications, navigation and global missile warning,” said Capt. Ryan Vickers, a newly inducted Space Force member at Al-Udeid.
Putin, who is known for being cautious, has for the first time declared that Russia has the most powerful weapons of any country in the world, and that will include space power.