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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Forget bitcoin. The future is in dilithium crystals.


Ars Technica reports that after the Administration starves the hungry, abandons the sick, cuts off the heat for the poor, and wipes out the arts and sciences, there'll be money enough to start a whole new military branch to go fight wars on Mars:
But now the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) has breathed new life into those old plans by including a provision in the House version of the 2018 US defense budget that would create a separate military service dedicated to the cause of space as a warfare domain: the US Space Corps. It would also create a separate joint command, the US Space Command, breaking the role out of the US Strategic Command much in the way that was done with the US Cyber Command. 
Currently, the Air Force owns the US military's space mission, including procurement of launches for military and intelligence payloads and the operation of major US launch facilities. While the new service would be administered by the Secretary of the Air Force (much as the Marine Corps falls under the Department of the Navy), it would be a separate branch and rate a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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