While China And Russia Expand Into Space, Dems Push To Abolish The U.S. Space Force

While China and Russia expand their military into space, Democrats have another idea.

They want “no militarization” of space.

How will they accomplish that?

By abolishing the United States Space Force.

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The Epoch Times reported:

Some Democrats in Congress are trying to abolish the Space Force at a time when China and Russia have been doubling down on expanding their military capabilities in space.

On Wednesday, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) introduced a bill named No Militarization of Space Act, trying to abolish the Space Force, a new military service branch created under former President Donald Trump.

“The long-standing neutrality of space has fostered a competitive, non-militarized age of exploration every nation and generation has valued since the first days of space travel,” Huffman said in a statement. “But since its creation under the former Trump administration, the Space Force has threatened longstanding peace and flagrantly wasted billions of taxpayer dollars.”

“Our mission must be to support the American people, not spend billions on the militarization of space,” Huffman added.
Huffman’s bill was co-sponsored by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Jesús García (D-Ill.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

Of course, the Space Force was established by President Donald Trump in 2019.

Now, it’s being purged of commanders who don’t subscribe to the radical left’s agenda.

Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was fired for calling out Marxism.

The Gateway Pundit reported:

A commander of a US Space Force unit was fired and put under investigation for anti-Marxist comments he made during a podcast.

Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, a former fighter pilot, was a commander of a unit that detected ballistic missile launches and was relieved of his duties on Friday by Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, Military.com reported.

Lohmeier earlier this month self-published a book titled, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military.”

Last week Lohmeier spoke about his book and criticized Critical Race Theory with L. Todd Wood, host of the podcast “Information Operation.”





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CVS latest company to force employees to undergo critical race theory training

Pharmacy chain CVS is reportedly forcing employees to undergo mandatory “critical race theory” training, the latest corporation to adopt the arcane academic theory as required training for workers.

The company last year launched a “mandatory ‘antiracist’ training program for hourly employees to deconstruct their ‘privilege’,” according to documents obtained by journalist Christopher Rufo

Rufo, who has exposed numerous corporate critical race theory initiatives in recent months, said the company’s “extensive race reeducation program” is “built on the core tenets of critical race theory, including ‘intersectionality,’ ‘white privilege,’ and ‘unconscious bias’.”

Training modules obtained by Rufo “instructed employees to deconstruct their racial and sexual identities, then rank themselves according to their ‘privilege’,” he reported. 

In one training segment titled “Say This, Not That,” employees were given what Rufo claimed was “detailed racial etiquette ‘reference cards’ to reorient their speech to the values of ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’.”
 



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House passes bill to force young women to sign up for the draft

WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — New legislation mandating that girls register for the military draft is now one major step closer to implementation.

The requirement forcing young women between the ages of 18 and 26 to register for Selective Service now awaits only Senate reconciliation and the president’s signature after the U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday night to pass a crucial national defense bill containing altered language forcing young women to be drafted alongside men in the event of future military conscription.

The $778 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an annual defense package, was passed after 181 Democrats and 135 Republicans in the House voted to approve it.

Only 38 Democrats and 75 Republicans voted against the legislation.

The policy bill will now be punted back to the Senate for reconciliation with an earlier version of the legislative package already approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC).

The SASC had voted 23-2 to approve its version of the bill in a closed-door session on July 21, just days after it was announced that language in the existing draft law had been modified to eliminate reference to “males” and instead require “All Americans” between the ages of 18 and 26 to sign up for Selective Service.

Senate Armed Services Chair Jack Reed wrote the draft of the proposed changes in July, tacking them onto the NDAA for the 2022 fiscal year, a piece of legislation Congress was already poised to pass.

As reported by The Hill, the full Senate is expected to consider the House’s approved version of the NDAA in October, after which the approved and reconciled act will be sent to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

The House’s move to approve the changes Thursday comes after months of debate, with a handful of Republicans pushing back on the modifications made to the existing Selective Service law.

Under the new language, failure of young women to register for Selective Service would make them subject to the same penalties as men, including fines of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to five years. 

As reported by the Daily Wire, Republican members of the House Freedom Caucus held a press conference Wednesday to slam the provision in the bill that would require young women to register for the draft. 

“Look, right now, today, if you vote for the NDAA, you are voting to draft our daughters,” said Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas. “There is no other position you can take. The current law of the land does not have a requirement that our daughters be drafted, OK? If this NDAA is passed and signed into law, then our daughters will be required to sign up for Selective Service and make themselves available for the draft.”

While the United States has not instituted a draft since the Vietnam War, moves to require women to sign up for Selective Service have grown over the years as more military occupations, including combat roles, have been opened to women.

Female members of the U.S. Armed Forces are currently allowed in every military occupation after the 1994 rescinding of the 1988 “Risk Rule” and the 2015 move by the Pentagon to open all military positions, including combat roles, to women.

According to the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), “women have been able to serve in almost all Air Force and Navy positions since the mid-1990s, save for submarines and some small vessels.” 

Last year, the issue of extending the draft to include women was brought before Congress in a March 2020 report by the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.

According to the report, “[t]he Commission concluded that the time is right to extend Selective Service System registration to include men and women, between the ages of 18 and 26. This is a necessary and fair step, making it possible to draw on the talent of a unified Nation in a time of national emergency.”

In the Wednesday House Freedom Caucus press conference, Rep. Roy contended that the move to require girls to register for the draft “undermines” the national identity of the United States.

“I cannot put into words the extent to which that idea angers me and undermines who we are as a nation and I cannot believe that House Republicans are sweeping it aside, sweeping it under the rug, refusing to talk about it while they blindly march forward saying the ‘conference’ supports passage of the NDAA,” he said.

Republican Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois joined Roy in opposing the NDAA with its current provisions regarding women and the draft, saying the significant alteration of language has been quietly implemented and is an example of the “left-wing, woke agenda gone too far.”

“As usual, with the Swamp, the biggest scandal in the bill is the quietest one that they are trying to sneak in and hope no one notices,” Miller said. “This defense authorization, for the first time in our history, would require teenage girls to register for the draft. No one knows about this because the Democrats have convinced the media that gender no longer exists so this isn’t a big deal.”

“But I want to make sure the American people know, the Democrats and, sadly, some Republicans want to draft your daughters,” the Illinois representative continued.

“This is wrong, and it’s immoral, but they are doing it anyway. We are definitely proud of the courageous women who have served and are serving in our military and defending our nation, but our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters should not be part of this draft. This is left-wing, woke agenda gone too far,” Miller said.



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Democrats in Congress Try to Abolish Space Force

Some Democrats in Congress are trying to abolish the Space Force at a time when China and Russia have been doubling down on expanding their military capabilities in space.

On Wednesday, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) introduced a bill named No Militarization of Space Act, trying to abolish the Space Force, a new military service branch created under former President Donald Trump.

“The long-standing neutrality of space has fostered a competitive, non-militarized age of exploration every nation and generation has valued since the first days of space travel,” Huffman said in a statement. “But since its creation under the former Trump administration, the Space Force has threatened longstanding peace and flagrantly wasted billions of taxpayer dollars.”

The Space Force was established in December 2019 and has been deemed by some to be one of Trump’s signature achievements. But its origin can be traced back to the beginning of the Cold War.

“Our mission must be to support the American people, not spend billions on the militarization of space,” Huffman added.
Huffman’s bill was co-sponsored by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Jesús García (D-Ill.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

The bill comes as Congress moves to pass the National Defense Authorization Act, the annual bill that authorizes funding for the military.

Huffman’s bill is unlikely to succeed because the new military branch was established upon the National Defense Authorization Act (FY 2020), which received bipartisan support at the time. To cancel the Space Force, new legislation would need to be enacted.

China and Russia have been trying to advance their military capabilities in space for years.

China’s communist regime “has devoted significant resources to growing all aspects of its space program, from military space applications to civil applications,” reads the Pentagon’s latest annual report to Congress.

In May, China placed a rover on Mars, becoming the second nation after the United States to do so, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. China has continued to develop its space station and explore the moon.

According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Secure World Foundation reports, Russia performed multiple anti-satellite weapons tests in 2020. China and India have tested their own military capabilities in orbit in past years, too, Axios reported.

On Monday at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference, U.S. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said that the threats presented by China continue to grow, including those from space.

On Tuesday, Gen. John “Jay” Raymon, chief of Space Operations, talked about the anti-satellite weapons China and Russia have owned.

China has deployed satellites with a robotic arm that could be used to “grab” other satellites. Russia has a co-orbital, anti-satellite weapon that “is specifically designed to kill U.S. satellites,” Raymon said during the same conference.

President Joe Biden hasn’t publicly shared his views on the future of the Space Force. His press secretary Jen Psaki dodged such a question in February, weeks after Biden took office.

However, she took to Twitter to say that “we look forward to the continuing work of Space Force,” signaling that Biden had no intention to change Space Force’s status at the time.

“We look forward to the continuing work of Space Force and invite the members of the team to come visit us in the briefing room anytime to share an update on their important work,” Psaki wrote.

The Epoch Times has contacted the White House and the Space Force for comment.

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Li Hai is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.





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Amen: The Secretary of the Air Force Says the F-35 Is Here to Stay

The Secretary of the Air Force says the F-35 stealth fighter jet is here to stay for decades in large numbers because it is “such a superior platform” with a “high operational value compared to its cost.” 

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall is in a position to know, as he was the Pentagon’s acquisition chief during crucial years of the F-35 program when the effort essentially kicked into high-gear and became a high-performing successful acquisition effort. Much of this transition for the F-35 program took place during his tenure as acquisition chief at the Pentagon. Many credit his involvement and leadership as critical to the successful program turnaround. 

Given all this, Kendall knows the F-35 from a programmatic as well as a technical perspective, and even amid political flurry about sustainment costs of the jet, he took a strong, clear position in support of the value-added attributes of the aircraft.  

“The F-35 is such a superior platform. Its operational value is high compared to its cost,” Kendall told reporters at the 2021 Air Force Association Symposium.

During Kendall’s time as Pentagon Acquisition Chief, which spanned several years from 2010 through 2017, the F-35 passed a handful of successful developmental milestones to include breakthrough software integration, massive computer upgrades, and the advent of a continuous development modernization program to ensure that the F-35 remains superior well into the 2070s and beyond. Currently, as Secretary of the Air Force, Kendall expressed enthusiasm for current engine improvement initiatives intended to add fuel savings and an increase in thrust for the stealth fighter. 

None of this seemed to mean Kendall was unaware of things that could be improved in the F-35 program, as he made a point to say continued efforts to lower costs were needed. 

“Cost of sustainment has been high for a long time, so there is room for improvement. We can do better. I’m a big believer in putting financial pressure on to create strong incentives. We are using that as a vehicle to get control of some of the intellectual property,”  Kendall said.

Kris Osborn is the defense editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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House Democrats move to abolish Trump’s Space Force

House Democrats introduced legislation Friday to abolish Space Force, the new branch of the military established under former President Donald Trump. 

According to the Epoch Times, Rep.  Jared Huffman, D-Calif., introduced the “No Militarization of Space Act” which seeks to undo the widely popular space agency. 

“The long-standing neutrality of space has fostered a competitive, non-militarized age of exploration every nation and generation has valued since the first days of space travel,” Huffman wrote in a statement, announcing the bill. 

“Since its creation under the former Trump administration, the Space Force has threatened longstanding peace and flagrantly wasted billions of taxpayer dollars.” He concluded. 

The U.S. Space Force was established on Dec. 20, 2019 following Congress’ passage of that years defense spending bill. 

The military branch was established in order to provide a counterbalance to the increasing military expansion of China, as well as provide national security assistance to our allies. 

The bill is not expected to pass the House and it is unclear whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi will schedule a vote for the legislation. 



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Dems Plan To Scuttle Space Force

Jared Huffman, Rashida Tlaib aim to ‘abolish’ military branch

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Jack Beyrer • September 23, 2021 4:30 pm

House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a measure in the 2022 defense budget to eliminate the Space Force.

Rep. Jared Huffman (D., Calif.) led a resolution, cosigned by fellow Democratic representatives Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Mark Pocan (Wis.), and Jésus García (Calif.), to “abolish” America’s newest military branch. The measure received support from the Koch-funded National Taxpayers Union and radical anti-war groups such as Peace Action and Demand Progress.

“Since its creation under the former Trump administration, the Space Force has threatened longstanding peace and flagrantly wasted billions of taxpayer dollars,” said Huffman. “It’s time we turn our attention back to where it belongs: addressing urgent domestic and international priorities like battling COVID-19, climate change, and growing economic inequality. Our mission must be to support the American people, not spend billions on the militarization of space.”

Huffman and his allies are far-left on the vital issue of defense spending. Pocan in March proposed a major cut to the defense budget, but fellow Democratic caucus members shot it down. National security officials and experts have called President Biden’s proposed defense budget insufficient to meet the challenges posed by Russia and China.

The House Armed Services Committee this month approved Republicans and some moderate Democrats’ plan to increase the Biden defense budget by $24 billion.

The push to defund the Space Force comes as China increasingly threatens the United States. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said Monday that China is developing means to bombard American targets from space.

China has launched satellites and a space station, threatening American dominance in space. Simulated war drills show that Beijing would likely exploit American vulnerabilities in space as a first move in a takeover of Taiwan.





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Facebook Enters Metaverse in Full Force as AR/VR Head Takes Over CTO

Mark Zuckerberg, speaks at an Oculus developers conference while wearing a virtual reality headset in San Jose, California on October 6, 2016. GLENN CHAPMAN/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook will have a new chief technology officer next year to help transition the social media giant into Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of a “metaverse company.”

The company’s current CTO, Michael Schroepfer, announced Wednesday that he will step down in 2022 and be replaced by Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, who heads Facebook’s hardware division, including the AR/VR group, Reality Labs.

“After 13 amazing years at Facebook, I have made the decision to step down as Chief Technology Officer and transition to a new part time role as Facebook’s first Senior Fellow at the company sometime in 2022,” Schroepfer announced in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

The C-suite shakeup marks a crucial step in Facebook’s shift from an advertising-central social media business model to creating a next-generation “metaverse” company.

Metaverse is a virtual world where large numbers of people can live, work and socialize just like in the real world, except that it’s completely built upon virtual reality and augmented reality technologies. The concept is considered by technologists as the next big thing after smartphones and the mobile internet.

In recent years, Facebook has introduced multiple hardwares designed to simulate a virtual living experience, most notably the Oculus VR headset and Portal video-calling device.

“Today Portal and Oculus can teleport you into a room with another person, regardless of physical distance, or to new virtual worlds and experiences,” Bosworth wrote in a company blog post in July. “But to achieve our full vision of the Metaverse, we also need to build the connective tissue between these spaces—so you can remove the limitations of physics and move between them with the same ease as moving from one room in your home to the next.”

As CTO, Bosworth will continue to oversee the Facebook Reality Labs division as well as the company’s AR/VR efforts, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post on Wednesday.

“If we do this well, I think over the next five years or so, in this next chapter of our company, I think we will effectively transition from people seeing us as primarily being a social media company to being a metaverse company,” Zuckerberg said in an interview with The Verge in July.

Facebook Enters ‘Metaverse’ in Full Force as AR/VR Chief Takes Over as CTO



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The Air Force Almost Bought Modified F-22s as Bombers

Here’s What You Need to Know: Like the F-22, the FB-22 would have been stealthy, perhaps even more so than the F-22. One of the more significant developments that the FB-22 may have pioneered was the ability to carry weapons under the fuselage and wings, while maintaining stealthy characteristics.

The venerable F-22 Raptor is easily recognizable as the world’s stealthiest fighter jet. Though it entered service with the United States Air Force 15 years ago, less than 190 airframes were built, partly due to post-Cold War budgetary restraints. Though extremely effective—that is stealthy—a lack of a near-peer rival meant that F-22 airframes were only built in small numbers. Not for a lack of trying though. Lockheed Martin designed a bomber version of the stealthy air superiority fighter, the FB-22—and it would have been awesome.

Modifications

In order to keep development and manufacturing costs low, Lockheed tried to use as many designs and parts from the F-22 as possible. The fuselage would have been extended slightly to create space for a second copilot/navigator who could take over flight duties on extended missions, but would have otherwise been virtually the same. One aspect that would have changed would have been the FB-22’s wings.

The wings would have been considerably larger, with a different sweep angle that formed a modified delta shape, better optimized for longer-range operations. They would have been so-called wet wings which can store fuel internally—and lots of it. Despite having less-sophisticated engines that lacked a thrust vectoring capability, the FB-22 would have been capable of over triple the range of its F-22 parent at over 1,800 miles, or nearly 3,000 kilometers. While much better than the F-22, it is still significantly less than the B-2’s nearly 7,000 mile range.

Strong and Stealthy

Like the F-22, the FB-22 would have been stealthy, perhaps even more so than the F-22. One of the more significant developments that the FB-22 may have pioneered was the ability to carry weapons under the fuselage and wings, while maintaining stealthy characteristics.

Most stealthy planes like the F-22 and the F-35 carry their weapons internally in bomb bays. These small bays enclose onboard weapons and prevent the aircraft from being picked up by enemy radar. But in the FB-22’s case, a so-called wing weapons bay, essentially a stealthy pod, would have been mated underneath the bomber’s wings apparently without degrading the plane’s stealth characteristics.

In tandem with a wider and more elongated bomb bay, the FB-22 would have carried over four times the amount of munitions as the F-22, up to over 35 250-pound Small Diameter Bombs from the F-22’s paltry eight. The FB-22 would have carried heavier munitions as well. Utilizing expanded bomb bay doors, the bomber could have carried munitions of up to 5,000 pounds, allowing it to take on a wide variety of missions.

Postscript

What may have done in the FB-22 program was its comparatively low operation range when compared to other bombers, despite having vastly superior range compared to the F-22. It appears that the program was abandoned after 2006. So much for the F-22 bomber.

Caleb Larson is a defense writer for the National Interest. He holds a Master of Public Policy and covers U.S. and Russian security, European defense issues, and German politics and culture.

This article first appeared in June 2020 and is being republished due to reader interest.

Image: Reuters.



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