The newest branch of the Armed Forces, The United States Space Force, has dealt with its fair share of backlash from the day former President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act in December of 2019. With the flick of a pen, former President Trump simultaneously signed a $738 billion defense bill and officially created the U.S. Space Force. Still, some political figures question the necessity for a Space force, leading Americans to wonder whether President Biden will continue to support the newest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
On February 2, 2021, a press conference was held where House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question regarding President Joe Biden’s backing of Trump’s creation in a facetious manner by regarding the Space Force as “the plane of today.” Undoubtedly a reference to the previous day’s press conference where Psaki fielded questions surrounding the color of the Air Force One and how questions regarding Space Force were subsequently taking precedence. Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama, the leading Republican on the House of Armed Services, accused Psaki of exploiting “an entire branch of our military as the punchline of a joke, which I’m sure China would find funny.” While Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida implicated Psaki with “demeaning the incredible work of Space Force personnel.”
In response to these accusations, House Press Secretary Jen Psaki clarified the position of the Biden Administration as unequivocally pro–Space Force. “We look forward to the continuing work of Space Force and invite the members of the team to come to visit us in the briefing room anytime to share an update on their important work,” Psaki said in a tweet posted only hours after her plane debacle. “They absolutely have the full support of the Biden administration,” Psaki said of Space Force personnel at the next day’s press conference.
While Republicans are publicly concerned about the future of this branch in our military, it is absurd to think the defense industry itself was ever worried. Congress showed overwhelming bipartisan support when the bill passed back in 2019 and Democrats have been encouraging the U.S. military to up its celestial game for years now. For instance, during the Obama administration, we boosted the Pentagon’s “offensive space control” capabilities by churning over $7 billion in contracts through 67 companies.
Both Democrats and Republicans are coming to agree that Space force is essential to our overall sense of national well-being. By implementing cyber warfare tactics (satellite transmitted attacks), our cyber weapons can be readily deployed through space platforms to deny, degrade, disrupt, deceive or destroy enemy communications capabilities.
Space Force is leading us into a new era in defense strategies. With enemies like Russia and China advancing their space technology programs more every day, our military must work quickly to ensure Americans remain protected with the most up-to-date space technologies. While President Biden has only just begun his term in office, Biden officials have repeatedly ensured the continuation of Space Force support throughout the next four years.