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FEEDBACK | Hit the brakes on ‘Space Force’ — and on Colorado’s booming economy

Author: Colorado Politics - September 12, 2018 - Updated: September 12, 2018

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Space Force? To what end?

The president is hugely excited about his Space Force. What instigated his push for this sixth branch of the military? 

Lobbying by the aerospace industry for lucrative contracts including new jazzy uniforms? The Trump campaign’s interest in selling themed merchandise? Supporters are already voting on suggested Space Force logos.

It’s not about ensuring America’s victory in some imaginary intergalactic battle, but purportedly defending American satellites and more in space. His buddies Russia and China have tested technology to shoot down satellites. That information and Vice President Pence’s words provide clues: We must have American dominance in space. Our conclusion? President Trump wants a Space Force to brag that his is bigger than theirs. 

Space Force has detractors and supporters. The biggest loser would be the Air Force, whose Air Force Space Command is headquartered right here in Colorado, overseeing 30,000 personnel worldwide. The Air Force gets over $11 billion for space programs and some experts say we currently spend about $25 billion annually on all military space operations.

President Trump wants Congress to approve $8 billion over the next five years to fund the creation of the Space Force. The Pentagon is capitulating. Its newly-released report outlines steps it will take in support of a Space Force. The Pentagon can act without Congress’s approval, but lawmakers must fund this new military branch and its required layers of new bureaucracy, which will cost billions. So much for the GOP’s interest in smaller government. 

If we have billions to throw around, what about our veterans’ health care, public education, and infrastructure improvements? What about that 1967 treaty that commits the U.S. and other countries to use outer space for peaceful purposes? Could we start there? Oh, wait. That would require some knowledge of history and intellectual curiosity.

Barbara Wolpoff
Boulder

Marilee Menard
Westminster

 

Kill jobs? Not such a bad idea

The advertising against the ballot issue to set back drilling says that 145,000 jobs will be lost. That sounds good to me. There are too many people in Colorado as it is. VOTE TO SET BACK DRILLING

Jimmy Bath
Centennial

 


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