Space Force is a military service branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for space warfare. The administration of President Donald Trump established it in December 2019.
The Space Force’s primary mission is to protect and defend U.S. interests in space. It is responsible for developing and maintaining military satellites, monitoring potential threats in space, and providing support for ground-based operations.
The branch is organized into three major commands: Space Operations Command, Space Systems Command, and Space Training and Readiness Command. Each command is responsible for a specific aspect of the Space Force’s operations.
The force works closely with other branches of the U.S. military, as well as with international partners such as NATO, to ensure the safety and security of space-based assets.
The force has faced criticism from some quarters, with some arguing that it is a needless duplication of existing military functions, and others questioning the need for a separate branch of the military dedicated solely to space operations.
Despite this criticism, the force continues to expand and evolve. In 2021, the first Space Force recruit class graduated, and the force is actively recruiting new members.
Overall, the branch plays a vital role in protecting the United States’ interests in space. Its importance is only likely to grow in the coming years, as space-based technologies become increasingly central to military and civilian operations alike.