August 29, 2019

US Space Force: The race to control the space above the sky

Featuring Jim Townsend

Source: Al Jazeera English

Journalist Laura Winter

Most reporting on United States President Donald Trump's 2018 Space Force announcement was framed as another rant-filled word salad served up to military personnel attending the event at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, in California.

In a post-event tweet, Trump called the Marine Corps the "Marine Core". The spelling mistake set social-media platforms ablaze with scorching Space Force and spelling-related one-liners. Even the Marine Corps Times, a publication that serves a US military audience and traces its roots to the 1940s, focused on the tweet.

But Trump wasn't joking. Neither are US allies or adversaries.

On Thursday, 17 months after the initial announcement, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are set to preside over a White House ceremony that will "stand up" the US Space Command.

Read the full article and more in Al Jazeera.

Authors

  • Jim Townsend

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    James Joye Townsend Jr. is an adjunct senior fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program. After eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European ...