A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Well, it might not be in a galaxy as far, far away as you might think. Could it be that our wildest dreams of soaring through space and exploring other worlds might just be materializing right before our eyes? Back in 1977, when star wars was debuted to the world, no one would have ever even imagined that one day there would be the talk of American storm troopers, patrolling the distant skies. Here we are in 2018 with a proposal for creating a specialized “space force” to hopefully start doing just that!
So, what is this new force going to be exactly? Working as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces, the corps would have control over all military operations in outer space. Thus, this department would take over the responsibilities from the Airforce that include most of the country’s work in space. Right now, the main focus on the United States’ presence in space has been with international satellite operations and maintaining a powerful stance in our own intragalactic world. Even though the U.S. “space force” has just been suggested by the president, and still has quite a ways to go before being fully realized, it still begs the question: What will this new sector of the Pentagon truly accomplish in our near future?
The most useful contribution of the space force would be creating a specialized group of professionals focusing all of their knowledge and research to develop more innovative operational concepts. Essentially, in the most foreseeable future, this program will groom our very own “storm troopers” to think space, space power, and strategy, setting the corps up for exponential growth.
While it looks like there will be minimal progress that is actually tangible within the next ten years, fast forward 100 years and there could be a glimmer of hope that we might somehow build colonies on planets similar to ours. If this new division of the military is really able to focus all of its energies on outer-space research and advanced technologies, no form of a real-life Star Wars lifestyle is completely out of reach! So, if taking this proposal and making it a reality means we will be able to expand our habitat out into the universe, all that needs to be said to the corps is…
“Use the force, Luke” – Obi Wan Kenobi