Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, bleakly warned of space pirates on Wednesday to provide the funding for the Space Force that President Trump had proposed for the expansion of the US military outside the planet.
"Since the ancient Greeks set sail for the first time, nations have recognized the need for naval forces and maintaining a superior ability to protect waterborne travel and trade from bad actors," said Cruz, chairman of the Subcommittee on Aerospace, adding, "Pirates threaten the open sea, and the same is possible in outer space. In the same way, I believe that we, too, must now recognize the need for a space force to defend the nation and protect space trading and civilian space exploration. "
To begin with, the Trump administration is demanding a new $ 2 billion in funding from Congress for the creation of Space Force. The new military division is expected to comprise around 15,000 members, most of whom will be taken over from existing positions. In the coming years, its annual budget could amount to another $ 500 million, over $ 10 billion already spent on unclassified space programs. Defense News has in recent years, thanks to a robust military response from several nations, including the United States, decreased. The decline of Venezuela into political chaos is partly attributed to the increase in piracy in the Caribbean. However, none of these threats have the resources to build a credible threat beyond the Earth's atmosphere, as yet.
There is no interplanetary trade, which could be a lucrative target for pirates.
In February, Trump signed a policy instructing the Pentagon to deploy Space Force as the sixth division of the US military. Months ago, a super-PAC supporting the president asked supporters to vote on a new logo for the alien troops.
However, when the Democrats took control of the US House of Representatives, the outlook for Space Force became uncertain. In March, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, attempted to alleviate Space Force expectations.
Three more four-star generals will not make us stronger in space, "said Smith.
Even some of Trump's Republican defenders have challenged the premise that America must establish a new military branch and hand over the jurisdiction of space and its areas to pirates of the Air Force.
"It was not on my list because I believe we do not need it," said James Inhofe, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, R-Okla. "Since the issue came up, I said you need to answer two things: first, will it do a better job than it does today, and then two, it will cost more – how much more money will it cost?"
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