The Next War to be Fought in Space?

Speaking at the Air Force’s 34th annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein said that America would be fighting a war from space within a matter of years. This statement was followed by Goldfein saying that to prepare for this new battleground the USAF needed new tools, new weapons, and new approaches to leadership in the coming years. Funding seems to be the most integral part of preparing for this coming star war, and the Air Force is currently requesting $8.5 billion in 2019 to dedicate toward space programs. $5.9 billion will be dedicated to research and development to ensure both tools and weaponry is prepared for space combat. The little over two billion dollars left will go toward the procurement of satellites and building of launch services.

This is far from the first time the Air Force has spoken on the need for space supremacy, however, with Representative Mike Rogers, a chairman for the Strategic Forces Subcommittee recently having gone as far as recommending that a ‘Space Corps’ be founded. This new division of the military would take inspiration from the Marine Corps and would have a focus of keeping the U.S. ahead of rivals such as Russia and China in the field of space warfare. Roger’s proposal to found the first new military fighting branch in seventy years, was not well received however, and was formally scrapped this past December. This proposition for a space based fighting force was the initial incitement for General Goldfein’s comments at the Air Warfare Symposium.

Goldfein’s speech emphasized the that the Air Force was the logical choice when considering which branch should spearhead innovation of space warfare. The USAF certainly has its work cut out for it in that department however, and may even be behind countries like China already. Goldfein even went so far as to make formal orders for Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast, Commander of Air Education and Training Command to develop a training program for space operations. For the full story and for further details on Goldfein’s groundbreaking speech check out Gizmodo’s coverage at

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