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Elon Musk welcomes Space Force to Twitter in 2 words

  • SpaceX CEO Elon Musk welcomed the all-new Space Force on Twitter Friday night, saying “Starfleet begins.”
  • His two-word tweet on the Space Force Twitter account, which referenced “Star Trek,” came shortly after President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020, launching Space Force. .
  • Space Force is the first new military service launched in over 70 years.
  • Musk once backed the creation of Space Force.
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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hailed the launch of Space Force, America’s newest military service, with a ‘Star Trek’ themed tweet: “Starfleet begins.

On Friday, President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a $738 billion bipartisan defense spending bill.

Part of the NDAA authorizes Space Force as a military service under the Department of the Air Force. It is the first military service introduced since the U.S. Air Force split from the U.S. military in 1947. Trump first launched a Space Force initiative in his March 2018 speech. (A Similar bipartisan proposal for a Space Corps was introduced in the House in 2017 was cut from a previous NDAA.)

Musk (whose SpaceX has contracts with NASA and has worked with the US Air Force) has shown his support for Space Force. In 2018, he told Recode’s Kara Swisher that “Space Force is a sensible thing to do”.

“Well, maybe it’s a bit controversial, but I really like the idea,” he said in the interview. “I think that’s cool. You know, when the Air Force was formed, there was a lot of poo, and like, ‘Oh, it’s silly to have an Air Force!’ You know, because WWII planes were run by the military.”

The overall mission as defined by Space Force includes “the development of military space professionals, the acquisition of military space systems, the maturation of military doctrine for space power, and the organization of space forces to present to our fighting commands”.

But it will not be a great strength. “Air Force Space Command was immediately renamed Space Force, and 16,000 serving and civilian AFSPC members will now be assigned to Space Force,” Defense News explains. Personnel will still technically be part of the Air Force, unless they request to be transferred permanently to the Space Force. (That number should be between 5,000 and 6,000, according to CNN.)

“Space Force will not be measured by numbers unlike, for example, the Marine Corps, which is really a labor-intensive service,” said Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, according to CNN. “Space Force is much more measured by technology and capabilities.”