North Korea’s threat of a “Christmas surprise” — though Dec. 25 ended without any report of a missile launch — underscored the importance of President Trump’s decision to create the U.S. Space Force.
It’s another promise kept by the president to strengthen, rebuild and modernize our military while staying focused on his most important job — keeping America safe.
It also illustrates forward- looking leadership by our commander-inchief who understands the existential threats we face if any rogue nation or foreign enemy attacked critical satellites controlling our banking systems or executed an Electro-Magnetic Pulse strike knocking out America’s power grid — one of many national security threats we’re facing in this burgeoning frontier.
“This is a very big and important moment,” Trump said during a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews on Friday, where he signed off on the fiscal 2020 Defense Authorization Bill establishing a sixth military service under the Department of the Air Force. Trump initially announced the plan in June 2018.
“Space — there’s going to be a lot of things happening in space, because space is the world’s newest warfighting domain,” Trump said. “America’s superiority in space is absolutely vital and we’re leading, but we’re not leading by enough, but very shortly we’ll be leading by a lot.”
He announced that Gen. John Raymond, who currently leads U.S. Space Command, will lead the Space Force as its first chief of space operations.
Describing the threats the United States could face from space, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told the Herald last June, “Space is the American Achilles Heal. If they can destroy (critical infrastructure in) space, they will bring America to her knees. If you can take out banking in our country there’s no milk in the grocery store within 3 days. If you can take out the grid, then it’s an existential threat. It needs to be protected.”
With respect to the possibility of an EMP strike, he said, “There is no doubt an EMP attack is a very real threat and not just from North Korea but from other countries as well. And we need to do what is necessary to defend our nation and prevent that from happening.”
America is fortunate to have a president and an administration that despite the never-ending onslaught by Democrats and the #FakeNewsMedia are doing whatever it takes to keep us safe.
With a volatile Iran and Pyongyang, not a moment too soon.