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US launches its space command

Date: 01 September 2019 Tags: Policy

Issue

 

US President Donald Trump on Thursday formally launched the Space Command, which is expected to defend America’s vital interests in “the next war-fighting domain”.

 

Background

 

Just like land, air, sea, and cyber as vital war-fighting domains, and space will be treated as an independent region overseen by a new unified geographic combatant command. It recognises the centrality of space to America’s national security and defence.

 

Existing war Domains

  • This U.S. Military doctrine recognizes at least five dimensions, or 'domains of warfare' for which it is responsible. They are:
  • Land

  • Sea

  • Air

  • Space

  • Information

Details

  • Gen John W Raymond will be the commander of the US Space Command, which has been established as the 11th Unified Combatant Command of the American armed forces.
  • The Space Command will soon be followed by establishment of the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces.

Effects of Space command

  • It is criticised that it will drain resources and create needless red tape. And there are additional disagreements, including how to define “war fighting” in space and partisan bickering.
  • This would weaponise outer space which will be a great threat to the idea of free outer space usage.